DylansDad (291) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 11, 2013
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is what I love about Emersonís beer: he has a true genius for making beers that fit you like an old pair of boots. They are understated, restrained, un-show-offy and, above all, fucking delicious. Like this beer. Even without the clams, it would have become one of my favourite stouts on first sip. It has all the usual suspects youíd expect in a stout, coffee chocolate malt sweet bitter, and now a touch of sour, a hint of brine, a harbour, a breeze from across the mudflats, but none of them fighting with each other, they just ARE. The tide goes in, the tide goes out, predictable and regular. This is my first bottle yet already I feel we are best friends. It IS that good.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a very very dark brown with a dense tan coloured head. Fairly typical stout aromas of dark chocolate and roasted grain with perhaps just a hint of salt. Flavours are somewhat sweet up front with lots of roasted grain on the finish. Dont get much from the clams to be honest. Medium mouthfeel. Not really a stand out but not bad all the same.
ComradeK (861) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a large beige head, which lasts well and leaves good lacing. The aroma blends cured meat and some spice with brine and soy sauce, and is very savoury. Barely noticeable herbal hops up front are dominated by briny tang. A mild soy sauce flavour leads into a roasty, warming malt body, which fades into a briny finish. The shellfish in this beer play a much more dominant role than in other similar stouts I have sampled, giving it a real salty, savoury feel. I wouldnít necessarily drink it often, but in the right circumstances (Iím thinking strong hard cheeses or goatís cheese) it is quite enjoyable.
gam (2919) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolate milkshake coloured head dark pour medium carbonation with aromas roasted chocolate sea salt malted coffee cocoa flavours bloody little bi-valve was there all the time bitter salty morishing roasted chocolate coffee cocoa creamy note liccorice a good taste alround fruit touch dark finish typical Emersons goodness smooth tasting alround roasted sweet maltiness bitter salty aftertaste really worth drinking again and again
davidm (1873) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Albar, Dunedin. Great coffee notes. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, caramel, with hints of smoke and vanilla. Taste has sweet and bitter notes, and long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Black, with a frothy head.
Rangi (500) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great stout that is tasty, interesting, enjoyable stout with a difference.
The base stout would be good enough on its own. Its smooth, slight dryness and chocolate component but where others would add more coffee or vanilla emersons have gone with clams which do infact add that briny taste, aroma and flavor. Thinking of another word for it but just cant it is an interesting but not over bearing briny flavor.
Great Great beer
Cantabrian (684) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2012 It is indeed a heavenly match! Perfect stout appearance, oily black with a beije, creamy head. A slight suggestion of brine on the stout aroma, but plenty of sea on the flavour. As a devotee of Clamato, I was a bit disappointed to taste the 2011 batch, when the coffee flavours overwhelmed other tastes, but the new 2012 one seems to me much stronger on the brine, full of salt and kelp, leaving the cofee and chocolate notes wet and drowning under the high tide. Yes, salty beer, oily, shell-chalky, it is full bodied and delivers what it promises. Ideal with New Zealand green mussels - or any black or blue mussels, for that matter,- oysters, scallops, italian salamis and cold cuts, pasta alla puttanesca and any fish curries. Itís a pity Michael Jackson never got to taste a real "Mollusc Stout". Actually, beers such as this and Three Boys Oyster Stout should make a style of their own. He would have loved these.
hawthorne00 (2110) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 8C. Black with a light tan head that hangs around. Gentle aroma is roasty with barley and coffee, shellfish are there put not dominant - more like drinking a stout at the beach in winter than anything else. Medium bodied, silky texture. Not very sweet with coffee and chocolate. Vanilla, soft licorice. Slightly astringent, only a little briny. Firm bitterness at the end thatís a little woody as well as salty.
omega (587) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite a big and black stout. Flavoursome but not extreme means it is more approachable that I was expecting. And I donít even like clams but did enjoy this beer.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 12, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark black in colour with thin toffee coloured head.Very little aroma,salt?
But do get salty bitterness in flavour.