waiake (466) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle pours solid black with a tan head & a roasty malt aroma the taste is similar as per the label rich roasty toasty light chocolate fruity sweetness bitter dry hides the alcohol well very nice
beer-yum (879) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
An excellent brew that is both full bodied and well balanced. Compared favorably with many others of the style during a tasting session. One of the better beers from Hallertau in my book.
Travlr (16422) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 28, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the source. Almost completely black color, brown head, solid lacing. Aroma of fresh pine, cocoa. Taste is rich burnt espresso, dark unsweetened cocoa. Delicious.
BeerandBlues2 (10833) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Travlr. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt with prunes and earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with bitter malt and hop balanced, earthy hops and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Cantabrian (953) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 25, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vinous aroma, more of those fruity IPA’s, with Vidal and Riesling desrt wines, something novel in the region of Imperial Stouts, at least for me. The beer is dark brown, nearly black, with little head. Flavours of roasted malts, ashes, mocha, capuccino and raisins...but I get little of the chocolates and cocoa mentioned before. The palate seems a bit two-phased, with a grainy phase and a watery one. Not my personal favourite for the style, but I find this a commendable attempt at a very unique Double Stout with a New Zealand face, and still far away from falling into the nonsensical bitterness of an oxymoronic "Black IPA". Had it had the right channels and the right presentation, it could be immensely popular worldwide.
Oakes (13599) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, thin head. Aroma is sweet and fudgey. Taste has an earthy, tobaccoey element, with a little stinging malt. Rich bitter finish. Intense. Good stuff.
DylansDad (455) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coffee cocoa vanilla roasty toasty, it really is delicious until the alcohol afterburner kicks in at the end and roughens up what, until then, was a beautiful smooth ride.
gam (3641) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium tan head dark pour carbonation medium aromas rich chocolate vanilla coffee raisin dark fruit the flavours roasted coffee dark chocolate fruity raisin strong bitter liquorice sweetness the finish strong enough tastes the best aftertastes roasted dark tastes fruit ligering bitter nice sweetness pleasant imperial
omega (791) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2014 Big roasty malts on the nose. This beer sits on the boundary of being either a very large stout, or on the more restrained style of imperial.
Not that any of this really matters as I believe this beer is about to sell out and we will not have ten people to review it. Sad panda.
RERATE: Sadly looks like I was right. This is a very drinkable impy stout that while not being like motor oil is a good example of a high alc stout.