Emersonís Brewers Reserve Little Red Rooster
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Rolling out our interpretation of a Red Lager... Loosely modelled on the Vienna Red Lager style originating from Austria and Mexico. The hops used throughout the kettle boil are a trial variety. This hop variety has given Red Rooster a generous smack of bitterness that compliments a malty base of Pilsner malt, Crystal, Caramunich and a "touch of black". The beer has been fermented with a German lager yeast strain followed by a traditional long cold maturation to emphasise the beerís maltiness. Red Rooster is glowing amber in colour, with a toffee aroma. There is an up front bitterness balanced by the complex toasted notes of the malt and a hint of sweetness cruises your palate through to the beerís finish. Cheers The Emersonís Brewing Team Original gravity: 1056 Alcohol: 5.6% vol Malts: NZ Lager malt, Crystal, Caramunich and Black.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Demise (57) - Wellington, - MAR 23, 2009
Pours amber with thin off-white head. Malty aroma with subtle caramel, tangy berry characters and citrus hop notes - quite a sweet aroma really. The floral hop shines through in the flavour, briniging through herb-like then citrus notes. Grapefruit is quite prominent, and subtle caramel and vanilla also present. There is also a refreshing fruity flavour I canít wuite pin down, perhaps a hint of plum? The malt is subtle in the flavour, but for the bitter hop/malt finish, posing merely as a canvas to the hop and the other, more complex, flavours. Yet the hop seems to balance the whole mouthful and create a refreshingly bitter flavour. I do love a bitter finish, and although the body is a bit too much on the subtle side, the hop pulls it through to become a very drinkable and very notable brew. Will definitely be back at regional for another rigger before the kegs are finished.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bozoNZ (758) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 3, 2009
Pint - presents well nice reddish tones. Aroma with some yeastiness and fruit notes. fruity - hard to pin down. Others mention stonefruit, berries and citrus for mine itís a bit of all 3. Not your normal malt touch for a vienna, the hops to take the fore and do it well

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 27, 2009
I like this beer. My drinking companions found it underwhelming, but it spoke to me. A beautiful reddish amber, with a cream coloured head. The aroma was interesting and complex - baked bread, some tannic "tang", and nice fruityness. The mouthfeel was my favourite part of this beer. So smooth! I drunk two pints of this much faster than the 5.6% abv deserved. A bitter, drying finish kept me interested right until the last drop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 25, 2009
1.25L rigger from Regional, pours red/amber with an off white head. A bit of hops on the aroma, some light burnt malt and a bit of passionfruit, kinda like the pilsener. Quite a bitter taste to this one, resiny hops a strong and fruity. The passionfruit comes into the flavour, along with a good helping of slightly roasted malt. Quite a quenching, tasty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 8, 2009
On tap at Tonic in Dunedin. Pours a nice amber hue. Initial aroma is a simple malty lager, but then grows slightly in complexity. The ítrial hopsí show through first, and mixed with the malts give it some wildberry and citrus tones. As for the flavours, the hops are rather distinct - aromatic, but providing a reasonably sharp bite of bitterness. Mingling with the trial hops are flavours of toffee and caramel. Somewhere through all of this I noticed a bit of a spirit-like presence of alcohol. An ever so slight sweetness of ripe orange accompanies a bold, bitter finish. Quite a nice beer when served cold on a hot day.

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