Jimthechap (1610) - Christchurch, - 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.
Cantabrian (806) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of the ever so generous Jimthechap. This was a surprise, as I did not expect that Belgian beer bubbliness, that sour feel. This deep black beer has a lovely compo of red fruits and flowery tones on the aroma and flavour, with chocolates being somewhere submersed into a basket of fruits and hay going sour. It is indeed sour, but never unpleasant, with a spumante mouthfeel. Excellent that the alcohol level is not too high.
nimbleprop (4759) - 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.
MrChopin (3258) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
contrasting sepia body with paper white small bubbled head, islands and ring. Sugary plum nose, woody barrel notes, plenty of sugar. Balanced flavor is sugar, chocolate and light oats. Light barrel, hints of red fruit but almost no barrel.
argo0 (11443) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle, thanks Travlr. Large brown head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, vinous, light grape. Taste is moderately sweet, vinous, light grape, roast. Light-medium body, light effervescence.
radagast83 (4548) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Travlr, thanks! Poured a dark black color with a tan head. Aroma is notes of dried fruits, some funk, sweet tart fruits. Flavor is sweet fruits, funk, dried notes. Okay. Not a lot of barrel in here, but pretty mellow, so maybe it pulled it off.
BeerandBlues2 (9588) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Travlr. Pours opaque black with a large, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is prunes, lactic grapes, toast and cookie malt. Flavor is tart fruits, toast and cookie malt, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Travlr (10574) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from the source. Dark brown color, massive fluffy beige head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of vanilla, cocoa, coffee. Taste is port wine, red wime, cafe au lait. Not bad.
Brodies_Best (238) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 7, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ml bottle picked up at New World Birkenhead. Think it was opened at the wrong temperature, too warm maybe. Poured very dark brown with red tinge. Frothy head that hung around. Good lacing. Aroma was sweet, fruity like berries but yes there was a certain farm rawness to the aroma. Taste varied from slightly acidic medium bodied sweet smokey roasted malt. As it warmed the more chocolate flavour came through. The wine drinkers liked it too.
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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Pdubyah (365) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 5, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
No no no. There is a lot of things all based around a fruit base, and a supposition of chocolate notes, but you get left with a taste of a fruit and disappointment. Might look great but does not deliver.
A bit of a fail really, and a bit of a disappointment as this came a bit highly recommended.