Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
330ml bottle, about as fresh as we can get it here in the States (which is to say "I have no idea how long this sat on a shipping container"). The pour yields a mostly clear, dark, mahogany colored body with a tall, billowing head of fat-bubbled froth. Settling slowly, it forms a rocky, clumpy mess on the surface, coating the glass with sticky honeycomb lacing all the way. Upon the first whiff, it is apparent that something is off. Amidst subdued, chalky cocoa and dry caramel malts is what is most certainly an unintentionally tart rye twang. Thereís a bit of an overzealous lacto-grainy thing going on that, Iím afraid, clouds the original intention of the beer. Flavors follow suit, dry and clearly overly attenuated for a porter, seemingly void of any rich chocolate or caramel roast, and rife with tart rye grain notes. Confirmed....itís infected. The palate proves this true, as the dry, parching consistency has been thinned considerably, and overly active carbonation assaults the tongue. Not good in the least bit. I almost feel bad for rating it, but if the brewer finds it within their capability to ship this half way across the world, and I rated it as fresh as I could get it, I feel like they should take responsibility for their product. Maybe one day Iíll make it to New Zealand to try it from the source.
mkel07 (2512) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle. Black flecked with copper highlights and a full rich creamy head that settles nicely. Malty chocolate aromas fill the nose with a tart bitter chocolate flavour that is strong and lingers on the palate.
KapitiCritique (324) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - SEP 5, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
330 ml bottle
Aroma: doughy yeast and chocolate (mild)
Appearance: darkish brown, not clear, small head and thin even lacing;
Taste: Sour, slightly bitter;
Palate: dry, medium bodied, slightly fizzy, a touch astringent;
Overall: Not really a memorable beer.
davidm (1868) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 330ml. Interesting beer. Aroma of apple, citrus, and caramel. Taste is sour, with average duration. Velvety palate, and medium body. Dark brown, with a frothy white head.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 26, 2010
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark red in colour. Thin white head. thiny watery body. MMMM
deyholla (5374) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear deep brown with a slight red hue and a large tan head that dissipates rather slowly. Aroma is full of sweet roasted malts with caramel and coffee. Flavor is a bit more tame with roasted malts and coffee with a bit of underlying caramel.
hawthorne00 (2088) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours like Coke, down to a fizzy head that dissipates completely. Aroma has some light roast, stewed prunes, raisins, vanilla, smoke and chocolate. Has some stewed fruity sweetness and cocoa/ coffee bitterness with some citrus as well as drying roastiness at the end. Distractingly carbonated mouthfeel that a good swirl or two didnít dent much. Interesting flavours, but didnít quite gel for me. Perhaps there were issues with this bottle.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark coppery brown pour with a foamy tan head that lasts a little while. Aroma is quite roasty and slightly sour with notes of caramel, smoke, dark fruits, coffee and oak. Flavour is very similar to the aroma but the sourness is a lot more pronounced, as well as the smokeiness, plus there are additional notes of citrus and a hint of vinegar. Light, slightly slick mouthfeel with high carbonation and a lingering sour, roasty, woody finish. Really interesting beer, quite different and complex but very tasty and compelling.
gam (2900) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Good size head strong carbonation dark red brown pour aroma chocolate cocoa vanilla flavour smooth coffee vanilla chocolate taste touch of rich sweetness yeast bitter is mild smooth porter a little dry finish smooth maltiness but lacks a bit of zip
STiGNZ (11) - USA - MAY 14, 2010
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the Beerstore. First off I need to commend Kaimai Brewing on their awesome packaging, one of the most professionally presented NZ craft bottles Iíve seen. Pours a coke like colour with a good three finger head which resides a little on sitting. Weird aroma on the nose, quite skunky hay like. Thin mouth feel with a too high carbonation. I was expecting a little more from this beer and feel a little let down.