rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a small beige head and fast moving lace. The nose is sweet roasted malt and the body features intense bitter malt with a burnt tinge. Long and bitter smokey finish.
Demise (57) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 21, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted fresh on tap at the Founders Brewery and Cafe. Pours Pitch black with thin light tan head. Coffee, caramel and slight malt on the nose. As expected, coffee flavours dominate this smooth beer, with dark chocolate and caramel sweetness taing the edge off the dark malt characters. Slight hop is present with each mouthful, but the malt clearly contributes most to the almost burnt bitterness. Smooth, balanced, and incredibly full-bodied for a dark lager. Well-deserving of its great reputation.
KevBrew (37) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 1, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light and refreshing with a character greater than the sum of its parts. I’d like to try it on tap to see if the expected coffee and chocolate flavours come out of hiding.