beer4eternity (212) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle thanks to Cam & Marita. Small creamy light beige good lacing mostly lasting head, thick dark brown/black hue with a wonderful ruby tiny. Full of a complex array of pleasant aromas - strong coco, roasted slightly burnt malt, Irish cream, vanilla, licorice, kelp, soy sauce, whisky, blackberry - yum, there are also other nice aromas there that I can’t describe. Quite bitter but enough sweet to avoid the bitterness dominating, faint salinity. Medium body creamy oily texture soft carbonation sticky then eventually slightly peppery finish. Thoroughly enjoyable, probably the nicest Schwarzbier I have had so far.
joKing (11) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 29, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my all time favourites from this bar. Allways on form. Great recipe.
reviled (13) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had on tap. Pours nice black colour with a creamy tan head which persists. Big black coffee and chocolate notes on the aroma with subtle hop aroma. Taste is silky smooth, with a coffee bitterness, a bit thicker than what I thought a Schwarzbier was, but that doesnt take anything away from this beer. Nice amount of roasted malts.
HugoPotomus (8) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 2, 2008 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap. Smooth smoky toasted malt well balanced by some hops that linger. Can be a bit sharp when newly brewed, mellows nicely.
Papsoe (25072) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(On tap) Clear, dark brown with a reddish hue and a beige head. Lightly fruity aroma with roasted malt accents. Medium in body with a soft mouthfeel - almost a little vinous. Dry finish with a discreet bitterness. Very balanced and well made. 080208
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the brew pub, black with a foamy tan head. A lightly burnt malt aroma, but a good smokiness wins through. Smoked wood and charcoal are the dominant flavours for me, but I found the malty palate a little raw. Some good qualities, but little raw and dry for me.
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 9, 2006
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Coffee mocca aroma. Dark black in colour. Nice mouthfeel of choclate mild hop bitterness.