greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 25, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yep, that’s a big score. Is Greig on the sauce, you ask? Well, not really, it’s just that my mind is blown by this beer. The word "complex" is thrown round a lot in beer circles, but this beer wears that adjective like a crown. It’s like a pinot noir, a great porter, and the trappist beer Orval had a sordid love triangle, and somehow produced this wonderful thing. The world needs more beers like this. I shall cease my delirious ramblings now.
Jamezpolley (1) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Several bottles in Wellington. Rich, full-bodied porter, with added complexity from the barrelling process - and the Brett. adds a delicious horse-blanket kick.
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TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 2, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on a couple of occassions. Pours a dark cloudy brown, carbonation and a creamy ligth tan head. The aroma carries plenty of the barrel, both woody and the pinot itself. There is also a brilliant sourness on the nose, presumably from the brettanomyces. On drinking, the chocolate malt is the first to make its presense, with a dryness on the palate. Then the rich fruity sourness takes over, along with a more earthy palate. Delicious. I’m looking forward to seeing how my cellared bottle fares in a couple years time.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 26, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
True! Special, very, very especially special it is. this beer sharpened my senses, not destroyed, not dulled them. Though soon after this I turned into an arsehole... Anyway, when I tried this beer it was phenomenal. I tried to buy a dozen 750ml bottles for the cellar (at about $25/bottle), even though I was warned against it (or at least cautioned). The bottles never came through. I’m happy to just live on the memory of that one taste, unspoiled, like my brief interludes with Emerson’s 1812 Anniversary Ale and Limburg Oude Reserve.
Dudar (103) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUL 18, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost black with non existent head, very softly carbed. Nose: fruity (cherry?), chocolate. Taste: balanced roasty porter with interesting tannic finish. Very complex and enjoyable, some brett notes, earthy bitterness, slightly astringent.
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bright red hue. Clear. Light carbonation.
Aromas of brett, berries, fruit. Hints of chocolate and cherries. Pepper and some other spices. Lovely aroma.
Quite dry on the palate - quite acidic. Spicy, chocolate, berries, cherries. A bit phenolic. Nice dry finish with spice and some hops.
omega (848) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A beer for wine drinkers. This bottle was a reject and still featured well (leaking crown seal). Layers upon layers that linger. I know a lot of people that hate this beer, but I consider them to be heathens. To be savoured. I would suggest sharing with friends, but I don’t like anyone enough to share it with!
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Isn’t that interesting? Mine had a faulty closure too with beer deciding to start bubbling out on the floor of the car on the way home. Fortunately it was in a plastic bag and double fortunately the beer wasn’t spoilt. I agree that this is wine drinkers beer and then you’ve got to be one of those wine drinkers that can handle a big meaty Shiraz with plenty of tannin. This is not a beer to be taken idly or lightly. It appears deep, dark brown with russet and haze in the bottom of the glass with a persistent collar of mocha head on it. The aromas are of charriness, dark cherry and coffee which is very much reflected in the flavour. What is remarkable is the mouthfeel: it is full, sherbety and fluffy. Not only that, but the carbonation keeps going and going for a good twenty minutes after a mouthful. It is quite remarkable. It also accentuates any black pepper coming out of the flavour. I initially thought I have been sold a pup, but it turns out this is a memorable ale.
nimbleprop (6355) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle pours a watery black with some very active, brown head. Nose has some grape jelly, malt, a little vinegar, berry. Flavor is sweet, malty, grape jelly, a little berry. Ends with caramel and coffee. Dry finish. Interesting.
jbeatty (1228) - New York, USA - NOV 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a shop in Christchurch bought last year, tasted 11/5/2015. Black pour with large fizzy tan head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is dark fruits, grapes, whiff of red wine character, backed by soft chocolate and mellow roast, rustic yeast and brett present near the end. Taste is lightly acidic and tart, jammy fruitiness, balanced with mild chocolate and coffee bitterness, very dry finish. Light body. Very interesting, well-crafted beer, glad to have tried.