Brewed by Emersonís Brewing Company (Lion Breweries - NZ)
Style: Stout
Dunedin, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Dunedinís Emersonís Brewery will be heading to Beervana and the BrewNZ Beer Awards in Wellington taking with them a truly original brew that celebrates a fusion of Otago flavours. The new, limited edition, big velvety stout has been brewed with locally harvested Blueskin Bay clams and itís being hailed as a heavenly match.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DuffMan (9606) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 25, 2009
Hand-pulled from the cask at Albar in Dunedin. The bar was dim, and this appeared pitch black with a low, thick, brown head. Very roasty aroma, slightly vegetal. Rich, creamy, full-bodied roast flavour, coffee, vegemite, and bitter chocolate. After the palate adjusts to the assault of flavour and richness, a subtle sweetness becomes evident (maple, vanilla) as does a slightly tangy brine in the bitter finish. They received this in cask just yesterday, and the freshness and smoothness add to an already very impressive brew. Outstanding!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 6, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DylansDad (590) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 11, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 31, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2009 My beer of choice on the BrewNZ Awards night. Just about the perfect stout - the dryness and roast spot on. This has got to become a staple!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cantabrian (990) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 10, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rangi (670) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 20, 2012
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StevieT (1627) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2013
Pours a rich, thick black with a tiny white head. Faint yeasty aroma, smooth to drink with strong burnt coffee flavour. Definitely worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElDesmadre (3078) - Mikołůw, POLAND - JUL 13, 2015
Bottle, kindly provided by Cantabrian. Vanilla, coffee, chocolate liqueur, liquorice. A subtle, salty maritime note is detectable already in the aroma. Upon the first sip the senses register a deep roast mingled with liquorice, which then transforms into a lovely dark chocolate and coffee mix, only to finish again deep roasted and dry. Subtly sweet and subtly bitter, with the saltiness being stronger and the roast (the kind you get from extinguished wood in a bonfire) dominating. With every sip the palate gets more salty, while steering clear of gose-like levels. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 25, 2011
I can handle shellfish and I can also handle stout. Iíve had oyster stout before and Iím grown up enough to give this a try: This beer is about as black as you can get without lobbing in lumps of coal. There was a mocha head that was noisy and bubbly and then subsided into a film that clung to the sides of the glass. The aromas veer toward dark chocolate, so you have to really delve into the glass to pick out a salty note, but it is there. Powdered dutch cocoa also apparent on top of stouty charry notes. This beer is full bodied, creamy and has a tingly carbonation about it. It gets creamier and thicker as is settles on the tongue, spreading that charred character and an additional something else that if I had sampled blind I wouldnít have known was like seafood chowder, but as I know better I can pin that on it. It isnít overt and coarse, but soft, silky and full. The finish is on-going and gets saltier as it goes on, along with a whiff of smoke and hickory. This is a very good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omega (898) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 31, 2012
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.

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