buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, - APR 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This has been a favourite of mine for a few years, so as soon as the 2012 vintage hit the shelves I grabbed some bottles. This is from tasting the new, young ale; Iíll likely re-rate in 3 - 6 months time as past experience has shown this ages wonderfully.
Deep chestnut colour, big bilowy brown head. Lots of roasted nut aromas, and a strong tang of almost medicinal alcohol. Thereís something else there, almost a bit of burnt rubber? Not unpleasant, but a bit rough. Smoothly sweet on the tongue, a sour note rolling underneath. The malt comes through rich and chocolatey.
Overall, not as spicy or lush as I remember last yearís vintage being. Iím going to put this down to the age of this batch for now, but Iím not enjoying this as much as I mightíve hoped. Fresh is not always best!
DylansDad (305) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma, first hit was like a long-forgotten chewy, orange-flavoured sweet from childhood. Put me off a bit, it was so sugary. Then the spices came on, like they say, hot cross buns, cola, cinnamon, nutmeg, some vegetal I canít put my finger on. Taste is same. Full mouthfeel, now with raisins and christmas flavours. Very cola-like finish. Much more enjoyable than I expected.
floydian1 (956) - FNQ, Australia, - MAY 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle (2012 vintage). Appears hazy deep brown with reddish highlights and a firm cream-white head. Aroma is spicy with notes of cinnamon, cloves, orange peel and raisins on top of dark chocolate malts and alcohol. Palate is smooth and rich with the complex flavours of the nose coming through nicely before a dry spicy bitter finish. Body is fullish with a just right carbonation. A superior strong spiced ale from this admirable Kiwi brewery.
ShaneJ (508) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Slowbeer. Dark brown, aroma of cola, dried fruits, caramel. Light sweetness, taste of spices and cola with slightly harsh bitterness. Not one of my favourites.
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 6, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from bottleshop in Dunedin. Aromas of cola, caramel, dark fruit. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Dark brown, with a thin head.
alexhenderson (12) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 Vintage: Dark, slightly hazy color with a fairly dense head that slowly fades. Sparse lacing. Toffee and gingerbread aromas and complex quad-like malt driven flavour and silky thick mouthfeel
-Rated via BeerBuddy
omega (697) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 18, 2012
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
After cleaning my computer screen and changing my pants due to this bottle exploding when opened I finally get to rate this beer.
Over carbonated. Nice spicy nose and deep rich colour. Never been a big fan of the flavour profile though, hence the poor rating here.
Did I mention over carbonated and the bottle exploding? Never going to get a good rating after this.
Rangi (579) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice amount of head and good retention, amber brown poor. Really nice drop. Pleasant amount of spicy without being over the top. Will be trying again.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a great beer! As the cold winter sets in, my stock of this beer has increased. To put it simply, this is like drinking a hot crossed bun or raisin toast. A fantastic winter spiced ale that ages very well.
Wombata (452) - Kobe, JAPAN - APR 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Drank just days after the 2012 release.
Aroma: Spicy nutmeg, roasted chocolate, coffee, turpentine-like solvent, resin/mold, celery.
Palate: Velvety smooth mouth feel.
Flavor: Brown cake spices- of nutmeg and cinnamon; bready mid-palate with resin and mold character plus celery.
Comments: Obviously too young to drink now. An extreme case of a beer that hasnít come together yet. I have enjoyed this in the past and expect it to integrate and score around 37-38. Save it for at least 6 months, preferably a year.