Brewed by Hallertau Brewbar & Restaurant
Style: Imperial Stout
Auckland, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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DylansDad's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DylansDad (558) - North Shore, Auckland, - APR 3, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pdubyah (595) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 5, 2016
This is daily decent, the initial aroma dissipates somewhat and becomes less of a thing, although it was quite nice with a milky chocolate thing. Taste is intriguing, this is rather dry at the finish and there is a lot of sugarness in it. Might just be lightly too bitter to be really enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 14, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2016 now called Nocturne I believe, from bottle poured solid black with a frothy tan head & a roasty malt aroma the taste is similar as per the label rich roasty coffee toasty light chocolate fruity bitter hides the alcohol well very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (1208) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 12, 2014
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (19887) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 28, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11725) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 28, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cantabrian (971) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 25, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (14840) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 16, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2013
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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omega (880) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 19, 2013
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.

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