bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with smallish tan coloured head. Aromas of espresso coffee, milk chocolate roasted grain and some alcohol. Alcohol is a little harsh but pleasant enough. Flavours are quite sweet with lots of rich chocolate. Some roasted grain and bitter hops on the finish. Body is a little thin. Not a bad first effort.
ComradeK (1081) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. Pours a deep ruby-brown, verging on black, with a large tan head, which fades a little quicker than is really desirable. Sweet chocolate and woody aromas are mixed with a slightly off-putting smell of cheap scotch, so the nose is a bit of a mixed bag. It is much better to taste, thankfully. Slightly herbal, citrus-tinged hops start it off, with a heap of milk chocolate coming in, along with a touch of rich port. The finish is smooth and sweet. It must be said, however, that it could do with a bit more body - it is slightly on the watery side. So, just like the nose, the whole beer is a bit of a mixed bag. The aroma and body let it down, yet it is delightfully complex and rich to taste. It could do with some work, but it is still overall quite an enjoyable beer.