beer4eternity (212) - Tauranga, - JAN 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Brauhaus Frings brew pub. I was enjoying drinking and rating this when Dennis Frings the brewmaster came and sat down at my table. Feeling a bit nervous rating his beer in front of him most of the rating was by stealth. Dark brown hue with slight orange tint, thin beige creamy/bubbly mostly diminishing head with small amount of lacing. Nice sharp almost burnt dark malt aromas, hint of Freyas rye bread toast, I would have to say there is some bitter coffee and chocolate aromas in there. Unusual but nice mix of tastes again - Moderately bitter, noticeable but not unpleasant sourness, faint salty again, very light sweetness. Low carbonation, thin-medium body - expected more, oily texture. My favourite of the 3 that were on offer the day I was at Brauhaus Frings.
beer-yum (1208) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A surprisingly delicious dark beer. Not so much that a dark beer is delicious as it is a dark beer that tastes different (in a good way)..
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 29, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at the brew pub, a dark brown with a filmy head. A strong roasted aroma, nearly burnt. A nice roasted malt flavour with coffee and bitter chocolate. Dry on the palate, but disappointingly thin.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(On tap) Clear, dark brown with a tint of orange and a creamy, beige head. Fairly burned almost coffeeish aroma. Light in body with notes of hard roasted malt and again notes of coffee in the flavour - is that from the roasted Weyermann rye malts? Again an underlying acidity. The finish is dry. Again this to me feels more like a Brown Ale, but Dennis Frings says it’s made with the house bottom fermenting yeast. In style it’s closest to a Schwarzbier. 090208