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.
mabel (8353) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2016
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
[8192-20160506] Tap. Sweet roasted grains aroma. Cola brown black body with a quick foamy tan head. Sweet roasted nuts flavour without the usual charred characteristic. Medium-full body. Interesting but very mild. (5/3/5/2/10) 2.5
(@ Brauhaus Frings brewpub, Whangarei, NZ)
jercraigs (9528) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2016-05-06. Black body, modest quick brown head. 3+ Aroma is lightly yeasty and vinous - like sniffing the air on a winery tour - with muted malt. Flavour is sort of vinous and tangy. Muted toasty roasty undertones. Average bodied palate, good carbonation. Just okay, but has it’s moments. 5/3/6/2-3/12 On tap at Brauhaus Frings, Whangarei, NZ.
beer-yum (1242) - 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