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Harringtons Sobering Thought

Brewed by Harringtons Breweries (Christchurch)
Style: Low Alcohol
Christchurch, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 2.13/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.32   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 30   ABV: 1%
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This brew was created specifically for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as a beer was needed that looked authentic, while having a low alcohol volume. This way no actor's performance was impaired. Harrington's Sobering Thought is a part of New Zealand's magic.
This handcrafted ale was the official brew enjoyed by the actors in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It consists of a blend of Harrington's Premium Stout.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
joe19612 (1876) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2014
Bottle. Pours a light brown colour with no head, fresh malt aroma with a hint of some grass, taste is light with some malt with a soft finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
deanso (5487) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2013
Bottle via a friend. Thin white head. Ckesr amber pour. Malty. No noticeable bitterness. Ok for a liw alcohol beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
EMunk (99) - USA - NOV 20, 2012
Had this beer in the Shire’s rest outside of Hobbiton in New Zealand. I was told it was originally brewed for The Lord of the Rings crew so they could film the party scene and not get drunk. I thought it was not bad, something I could drink quite a few of one night. Worth a 12 pack.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cantabrian (853) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 24, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2014 I’ve had two of these, both purchased from the manufacturer, but in different occasions. Very different experiences. The second one was flat - however illogical it may be with a low alcohol beer - and maybe this is what is triggering a lot of discontent with our friends below. Moreover, it sounds to be like this beer is individually evaluated as a stout, when it should be put into perspective and seen as a "low alcohol". But back to the SobeRing Thought experience, the flat one was rubbish, but the "good" beer was not "bad". Indeed a nose of yeasty berries, some malt and little else, with a beautiful dark-mahogany colour and excessive carbonation on that thin head. Malty flavour, a pinch of bitterness and very watery. Nice and refreshing, if you have it fridge-cold. There’s hardly a finish. But it’s a good low alcohol one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
ChrisHSOTE (22) - Somerset, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2010 Fantastic nose for such low abv, cherry and yogurt. Body is terrible though chalky thin and wet. This really is a terrible beer

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beerdedone (2669) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2009
Bottle Pours a dark brown with a small off-white fizzy head. Faint aroma of caramel and light malts. Flavor was highly carbonated like a soda with sweet caramel and some bready notes and has a thin and watery body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Bullit (4025) - Burgos, SPAIN - JUN 21, 2008
Amber colour, small white head. Aroma is dusty, has caramel malts. Flavour has caramel, lacks bitterness. Not bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
skortila (4580) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUN 16, 2008
Bottled. Aroma has some malts some caramel. Clear, amber coloured with a thin head. Taste is overwhelmed by carbonation, so actually it feels like drinking carbonated mineral water.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
caesar (5226) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2008
Bottled, thx to Noize who brought it from NZ. Clear amber color, short head. Aroma is dusty, bit old-ale like. Sweet taste, bready, light bitter, watery. Not that bad actually.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2008
Light amber/golden colored brew. Bought it in a LOTR-fanstore in NZ. Strange nose, but not bad at all. A bit caramel, a bit hay. Flavor is very watery, tastes like the red Spa water. But it has got a nice malty, light hoppy touch in it. One of the better low-alcohol brews I’ve ever had.

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