waiake (534) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
interesting views on this beer & agree it is much as described above bottle pours ruby black & frothy both aroma & taste are quite subtle light but tasty coffee bitter sweet chocolate flavours hint of fruit all come through well
DylansDad (481) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice one. One of the better I’ve had from Hallertau. This has really piqued my interest in the dark side. In my limited experience, it is rare for the thaste to be like the deScription, but in this case, it was pretty much right on. Easy drinking.
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.
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lovely rich deep red pour, though head falters too early. Earthy coffee and licorice on the nose, very lively hoppiness in the mouth, but feels a tad too light for a dark beer. Lovely long bitter chocolate on the after taste. A very nice drop.
inceptioj (54) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not really that exciting on the nose. Typical dark beer aroma’s, some chocolate and coffee. Much more interesting in the mouth though. Deliciously smooth and creamy with predominantly milk chocolate flavors. Has a slight bitterness running in the background. It’s certainly much lighter than a normal dark beer but I think that’s the style they were going for. Very enjoyable.
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.
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.
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.