Jimthechap (1206) - Christchurch, - OCT 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Isnít 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 wasnít spoilt. I agree that this is wine drinkers beer and then youíve 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.
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 (121) - 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.
omega (500) - 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 donít like anyone enough to share it with!
TimE (2604) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color, huge Brett nose with lactic notes am Pinot noir. Light body. Slightly acidic. Lots of Pinot notes with some roasty character. Unique. A bit too sour, but nice.
TheRealMGD (541) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottles from Hallertau and Glengarry. Hazy, deep red-brown pour with minimal brown head and lacing. Nose is pinot noir and roasted malt. Medium-light body and light carbonation yield an entirely average mouth feel. Pinot grapes, smokey medium roast malt, some chocolate, oaky umami flavor middle and late, Belgian yeast and some notable Brettanomyces funkiness. For maximum enjoyment, let this one warm and breathe a bit. Can stray towards too much wine flavor, but overall is quite fun and definitely off the beaten track. This makes it worth a try in my book.
maneliquor (1704) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Beervana. Pours almost pitch black, just leaving some red hues on the edges. A small tan head is produced. Can definitely smell the pinot notes on this one. Over ripe berries and anice mingle quite well on the nose. Very ripe berries in the taste - mainly raspberry. Slight cherry tones and some brett play around with chocolate tones. Where this one falls short is in the mouth feel. Starts off well but falls away far too quickly. A good and unique mix of flavours though. Solid effort
Dudar (102) - 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.
grapengrain (125) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really bright bubblegum and red currant fruit on the nose with notes of bitter chocolate and coffee coming through as beer warms up. Nice flavours but is let down by a thin body. Nice brett charicters work well with the dark malt notes in general.
KapitiCritique (324) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - JUN 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle
Aroma: yeasty, a hint of chocolate, strong berries and fruit, reminds me of flavoured gum;
Appearance: slightly murky, deep brown, thin rocky head, no lacing;
Taste: slightly sweet and sour, with just a touch of bitterness but not hoppy;
Palate: thin texture, medium bodied, sweet and sour finish and slightly astringent.
Overall: 16 dollars a bottle might be too much, it is interesting but a little light on its feet. I would have thought it was a sweet lambic.