DonBirnam (108) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a moderate, off-white head. Aroma is predominantly dark roasty, coffee malt but with a surprising NZ hop character over the top of this. Flavour is a balance between bitter, fruity hops and smooth dark malt. Full boddied with the slight larger astringency, which is good. Overall a lovely beer.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black in colour with thick toffee coloured head that disapated quickly. Nice chocolate/malty aroma. Hoppy chocolate flavour. Strong coffee bitterness that lingued for ages.
KevBrew (37) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It poured black with a smallish light brown head. The malt characters come through with some molasses and a light breakfast of toasted cereal and coffee. The hops are there, with some perfumey aroma. The zing on the pallet and clean finish help me to understand and endorse the Black Pilsner description.
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - APR 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Go go Golden Ticket! Iíve been lucky enough to have tried the US edition, and both homebrewed and commercial versions of this edition. All were excellent, but I think this is my favourite. Fruity esters, resinous hop oils, and massive tropical fruit notes integrate really well with a full, smoky toffee and roast malt flavour. Love it.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - APR 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a great brown head. Big Chocolaty aroma, backed by subtle citric hops. The flavour has the same chocolaty notes, on a medium body which captures the feel of a pils but has enough to support the big roast malt. A confusing beer style wise, but a great one nonetheless.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2011 Bottle, courtesy of yalnikim. A little black beauty in the glass. I wasnít prepared for the NZ hop assault on my nostrils. As my nose hairs beat off a retreat. my lips succumbed to drying pleasure of the roasty palate. Though I prefer a little less roast, great take on a schwarzbier, with a NZ hop twist that takes it to a another level.