Jimthechap (1650) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Jet black with a tight white head that seems to endure. Passionfruit is the last thing I expected from a black pint. What a pleasant surprise. Also vine leaves and citrus.
To taste it is significanly lighter than I expected. Not much charry roastiness. Lemoncurd flavours, a twinge of bitterness, berry cane and zest. Not as much IPA as I thought, but a curiosity certainly.
hawthorne00 (2431) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear dark red/brown with a light beige head that doesn’t last. Aroma of grapefruit, some tropical fruits - lychees, passionfruit - and a little pine. Light-bodied. Taste is fruity, with citrus and lychees. Clean, pronounced hoppy bitterness. No roasted or chocolate flavours really - maybe some slight toast or darker toffee. Pleasant hoppy beer that’s not too sweet and happens to look black for no particular reason.
jonno (2322) - JAPAN - MAY 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nose was piney with little roast. Thin mouth feel. More a straight forward IPA. Little roast or chocolate with a decent bitter finish. Solid, but needs more body.
KevBrew (37) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours red/black. Molasses, Coffee, Toffee. Pine, Grapefruit, Passion fruit. Very well balanced beer. One of my favourites. Tasted at Galbraiths Ale House.
Dudar (103) - Minsk, BELARUS - MAR 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is quite restrained with choc and toffee notes. More hops anticipated in aroma. Toasty, choc malt + piney and citrusy hops flavour and moderately bitter wit some roast character. Quite nice but would expect more from dark beer.
KapitiCritique (345) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - FEB 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at Hashigo Zake
sort of zippy, very dark, big head (dies fast) and nice lacing. Not a lot of nose off the top but it gets interesting when you stick you gob into it - that’s the hard thing about nose and taste, they oft seem to be the same thing. Lightly coffeed and chocolated. A bit toasty? The hops are not really prominent. Wait, there they are. I would say spruce and grapefruit - not overwhelming but . . . yea. 
OK. Now, this New Zealand predilection for assigning wild fruit tastes -" we are in the South Pacific so it must have the regional flavours" - but guava and passion fruit? Pah-leeeez. They are native to South and Central America. OK. Maybe calling it ’American’ is a just wee stretch but it ain’t there. [I will buy some on the way home tonight and reacquaint myself.] Not sure why they insist it is an "American " whats-it and the ascribe very non-regional tastes.
It is bitter and very full bodied - no hint of anything sweet - but it is all relative. This side of full bodied. Tad bit creamy-ish and maybe sticky. Nicely carbonated, and finishes a bit astringently.
I like it. Would buy it again. Just don’t believe the label with al your heart
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint at Galbraiths. What a treat. No hiding from the hops in this puppy...passionfruit embellishes the nostrils and the tongue. Little hints of mint as well. Like nectar in a glass. Nice one boys.