Brewed by Kaimai Brewing
Style: Specialty Grain
Mt Maunganui, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Tumbler


on tap


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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Our dark ale is crafted from rye, nz malts and hops, yeast and pure NZ water. It is rich and lively with roasted malt notes that fill the mouth with a punchy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
seymour (1895) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Tasted from an 11.2 oz brown bottle into a nonic pint glass. Very cool-looking bottle, but thick foil wrap over a twist-off cap makes no sense. It poured an opaque dark reddish brown colour with HUGE fluffly beige foam, so thick it took multiple slow pours to drain the bottle. Aromas of coffee, toast, roasted grains, dark malts, very fruity and pepper yeast aspects like a Belgian Dark Strong Ale. Full flavours of caramel and brown malts, chocolate, toffee, plums, raisins, figs, molasses, somewhat sour, more hops in the flavour than aroma, smooth alcohol, faint oxidation and soy-sauce in a good way. Light-medium body, spritzy carbonation, woody, earthy, smooth and creamy, with a lingering tart and toasty aftertaste. This is AWESOME beer, I absolutely did not expect to love this so much. I want more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
lukeyq (1) - melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2010 does not count
personally valued this beer as a discovery of the senses,rich,firm,lush with an easy finish,if only it had a more solid distribution things would be great...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Farmgirl73 (10) - - MAR 31, 2012
Cherrywood coffee aroma, tastes like a coffee?y, chocolate, cherrywood pop. I would love to be by the fireplace on a wet spring evening at the cottage. Makes me want to rub some wood as I drink it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ContemplateBeer (1996) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 14, 2012
Aroma was vinous, with some caramel, brown sugar, rye and resin. Appearance was murky brown with huge tan head. Flavor matched the nose; quite spicy and vinous with a lingering resin finish. Palate was very bubbly and effervescent. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tnkw01 (1717) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Bottle. Wished I would have read these reviews before opening this baby. WHOOOOSH! All over the place. Anyway,1/3 of the bottle gone. Pours a huge long lasting head. Nice, deep brown color. Tastes great. Absolutely one of the best "porter" type beers I have ever had. Too expensive though for how much you loose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2010
Bottle. What a gorgeous package. Gusher! Pours dark cola-like, slick and shinny but not totally clear with a tall, gushing, light tan foamy head. Most certainly a light smokey aroma, decadent roast, creamy and full but somewhat light, light floralness. Flavor is the same, a bit fuller and richer, same light smokiness and distinct cola notes, nice bit of acidity, long round plummy aftertaste. Medium/full bodied, lively carbonation. creamy and smooth. Wish it wasn’t a gusher because this could be world-class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 12, 2010
Bottle. A cola-like dark brown in the glass. Lots of roasted malt on the nose, with dark chocolate, tobacco, and smoky. The abundance of characters in the aroma is matched in the flavour. The palate is a touch grainy, surprisingly light for 6.5%, but with a nice dryness in the finish. A top beer this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 4, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bozoNZ (758) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 20, 2010
Better than the Golden. Coke like, reddish hues. Head disappates very quickly. Slight smokey notes, hints of tobacco too. Hints at chocolate, char notes also. A touch soapy on the mid palate but dries with that tobacco finish. Quite complex but very drinkable....

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