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Brewed by Cassels & Sons Brewing Company
Style: Sweet Stout
Christchurch, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Dispensed by a traditional handpump, this beer was the gold medal and trophy winner for the best cask conditioned beer at the 2011 Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards. And if youíre thinking dry and bitter, like that famous Irish stout - forget it! Pouring an intense black hue beneath a deep, tan coloured head, the aroma is appetisingly rich, with a sweetish, mocha-like combination of chocolate and coffee notes dominating. Creamy and smooth, with just an edge of sweetness, the combines milk chocolate, caramel and soft fruity esters and leads into a cleansing finish with an ashy, charred malt note and suggestion of tart hops. Deceptively suppable, this rare example of an old English style is wonderfully flexible when it comes to food. Try it with barbecued ribs, nutty or buttery cheeses, fruit-topped cheesecake, or a slice of rich fruit cake. Geoff Griggs Ė October 2011


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3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
walkingstd (20) - - MAR 13, 2012
My favourite Nz milk stout I've tried. Bitterness gives way to a pleasant creamy aftertaste. Easant drinking. On hand pull at Volstead in Che Che. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtangel (10) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 16, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2015 Black appearance with good tan head. Rich malty and coffee aroma. The flavor is very creamy and immensely drinkable

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3067) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2014
Tried off the handpump at the source. Presented well, black body short tan head, choc notes and some coffee on the aroma, smooth taste with good body coffee and choc coming through again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (819) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 13, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2014 At cellar temperature via hand-pump this brew sure is smooth. Surprisingly full bodied and balanced in a lowish strength beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (1816) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2014
Keg - Brothers Beer, Auckland. Quite flat looking on the pour with no head to sit atop its near opaque dark brown body. Milk chocolate, gently roasted malts, a lactic sweetness and milky-sweet coffee characters across nose and palate. Medium body and smooth with soft carbonation on the palate. Hints of yeast, dark/dried fruits and liqurorice complexities to boot. Lengthy in the finish with a charry, dark malt finish. Satisfying, easygoing but full of charm.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (4829) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2014
On tap @ Cassels. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. The aroma has roasty malts, some chocolate, some coffee. Black coloured beer with a thon, off-white head. The taste is a bit sweet, light bitter, roasty, has milk chocolate. Very easy drinking beer, with a light creamy mouthfeel. Still bit a dry end.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 10, 2013
The head is beige and robust, body is black. It smells roasty, darkmalty, coffee, sweet. The taste is maltaromatic, darkmalty, roasty, bit bitter-coffee, coffee, less hoppy. Good

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (15915) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Draft at CBD. Almost black, thick, creamy brown head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of sweet milk chocolate. Taste is mill chocolate and sweetened caffe au lait. Light body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 16, 2013
cooking chocolate pops up first with other rather sweet flavours, but the most notable aspect of this is the superb creamy, milky palate. goes down rather wonderfully. think perhaps liquid milk chocolate...with malt. the sweetness is just right and all round this is a wonderful stout.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
horotane (18) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 22, 2013
Very sweet, and I canít drink too much. Still not old enough to wallow in dark beer, almost anyone who is Iíve introduced to this hasnít looked back. Blatantly non vegan is a plus.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (3950) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 26, 2013
cask @ Cassels CBD bar, Christchurch 12/1/13
Dark brown with fluffy latte head, dry coffee, redcurrant, chocolate, slight lactose sweetness and burnt sugar notes in finish. Could use more lactose as is quite dry.


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