xanti (1) - USA - DEC 12, 2007 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
love it! great taste and after taste , plenty of hops - well done papa smurf (the brewer) .
kiwi hops ? not likely !!
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2007
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2008 Extremely moorish ESB styled beer, used to be my favourite of the Galbraiths range but either my palate has changed or the recipe has changed over the years....
In any case it’s still a great beer, the citrus twist to it is especially good
Re-rated 24/10/08 seems like this has come full circle, back to the glory days! Rich fruitcake nose, amber colour with gorgeous belgian lace, amazing fruity full bodied mouthful with a lingering bitter finish, so fruity that it makes me think of raisons soaked in some sort of liquor.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2005 Tasted 23/02/2005 with Grandmaster. Pint glass handpumped from the cask at Galbraiths.
A sweet tasting bitter this one. Deep coppper red in colour with a large off-white, almost tan, creamy head. The sweet malty nose is followed by a full bodied mouth warming rum like flavour (almost brown ale-ish). The palate is pleasantly woody and smokey. Each pint is a single course in a five course meal. Yum yum, Wellington really misses out on not having a Galbraiths.
Re-rated 23/03/2005 - dropped some marks for consistency as it was a touch soapy and lighter in body this time.
Note: I think some of the ratings in here for this (for yellowy, lighter bodied, hoppy beer) are meant to be for the Bob Hudson Bitter.
davidm (1951) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 2, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewhouse. Top-class real ale. Earthly aromas, with apple and caramel. Sweet long-lasting flavour, with bitter finish. Oily palate, and medium body. Red colour, with a thin, fizzy head.
kiwianer (3390) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The head is ok, the body darkbrown. It smells malty, chestnut, fruity, darkmalty. The taste is malty, aromatic, hoppy, bit creamy, fruity, aromatic. Tasty! 13/13/12/13/-/13
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2008 Pint pulled at the brew pub, a light brown with a white bubbled head. A good rich malty aroma, slightly toasted with a touch of tobacco. Deep earthy qualities to the smooth malty palate and some burnt toffee notes. Damn fine if I do say so.
beer4eternity (207) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Galbraith’s Alehouse, Auckland. Mahogany hue, mine had no head or lacing or carbonation. Very nice aromas especially ripe fruit/fruit cake, toffee, citrus. Balanced sweet and bitter taste, medium to full body, oily texture, flat. Cant wait to go back for another. Galbraith’s is the best reason I can think of to go to Auckland!
Bif (1562) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tapbrewpub. Served a brownish amber color with a decent head that fades to some lacing. Aroma of malt, caramel with bit of fruit and nut in the background. Taste of malt, some carmel sweetness and a bit of nuts. Nice bitterness and a fairly dry finish. Fairly full body, smooth and quite creamy, nicely balanced. Best of the bitters that they serve. Good stuff that hit the spot.
bozoNZ (718) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted 11/06. Sweet malty caramel aroma, Lovely red/brown/copper colour poured with alovely full head. Complex from the outset. Delicious malt / hop combinations, a fruit/nut smorgasboard. Bitter sweet, great finish, If this was all I drunk for the rest of my life I’d be quite content
phaleslu (6842) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the brewpub. Pours a deep brown amber with a small eggshell white head. Sweet malts and caramel on the nose, as well as aromatic hops, fruit, and a rich earthiness. Hoppy, earthy, sweet flavor. Medium bodied. Bitter- the best of the three bitters I tried at Galbraith.