Jimthechap (1989) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramel brown colour with some cream coloured head. Aromas of roast kumara and caramel with butterscotch and sweet malts similar to some Belgian browns. Flavours the same with some good mouthfeel: thickish, sweet and unctuous with a surprising twinge of hoppy bitterness at the end. Quite an edifying beer this one and worth looking to the second (if there is one handy).
omega (783) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was going to say my biggest surprise is that this beer is 6.5%. It is not - try 5%. However that does imply that I thought this to be quite a big an hearty beer - like it should be (kumara is a sweet potato for the non natives)
gam (3518) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
small head mild to medium carbonation red brown pour aromas caramel mild toffee earthy notes fruit honey the flavours medium bitter citrus the kumara note grassy note earthy taste grain the finish lots of flavour in this goes down well good malt and up front tastes like the kumara
beer-yum (767) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2015 Enjoyed on tap at the Hop Garden one sunny afternoon. Compared well with other brown ales I had had recently and I definitely noticed a ’difference’ - which I’m putting down to the kumara.
Cantabrian (919) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty aroma, with a thin herbal bitter & burpy vein, resembling those of so many Dunkel beers. The appearance is not really of a brown ale, but it does look translucent coopery, with an-off-white head. The flavour is very pleasant, malty, biscuits, with a bitter touch, rather dry and bitter on the finish, witha bit of scotch that sticks to the tongue. I get no kumara (sweet potato). The beer warms up to a velvety, creamy palate, easier to drink than when initially served at a lower temperature. It is definitely not a spicy/herb/vegetable beer, but a brown ale, and a particularly nice one. This would be really great to have with a meal - pork, as suggested on the label. I particularly love the label, with that incredibly spooky parade of happy mandragorae, somewhat resembling weird charcaters of "Adventure Time".
3fourths (8496) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Hashigo Zake in Wellington. Pleasant malt aroma of toasted bread crumbs, molasses, nut oils, a little whiskey malt or cognac effect as well but mostly a straight up Munich malt aroma with subdued minerality. No sweet potato (kamura) noticed in the nose at all, but maybe in flavor, it’s hard to tell. There are some quiet "fruity" esters in play with a crunchy / toasty / bready core. Medium+ sweetness, low bitterness, low acid, a little watery / thin in the finish but it’s still pleasant to smell and drink.
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The head is robust, the body brown. It smells fruity, fresh, creamy. The taste is fruity, malty, darkmalty, fresh, refreshing, creamy, bit hoppy, kumara.