KeefOz (717) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2014
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tasted 8/2/2014. BB 01/08/14. Poured a semi-opaque very deep ruby red colour with a ruby edge tint. A one-finger light tan bubbly head diminished quickly and laced OK. Carbonation low. Aroma of mild nice smelling roasted malt dominates over a hint of dark chocolate. Taste of sweet malt which very quickly turns to a nice pleasant but strong roasted malt flavour. Light to medium body, a bit heavier than a lager. Smooth, slightly bitter finish. Quite nice.
chinchill (1262) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml pop-top bottle with ABV of 4.8% and a BB date of June 2014.
Pours clear, dark reddish brown with a good head, leaving very good lacing.
Feel: meium body and nicely smooth, with medium carbonation.
Aroma: caramel, medium and dark roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate.
Flavor: good balance; lasting dark roasted malt aftertaste with a touch of NZ hops and a hint of coffee.
O: easy drinking, moderately favorful black ale that was notably better and more flavorful than the Matson’s Black that preceded it.
kiwianer (3305) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
NZ N° 50 # The head is good, the body black. It smells sweet, darkmalty roasty. The taste is roasty, darkmalty, maltaromatic, chocolate, toasted. Very Good Schwarzbier!
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the source. Very dark brown color, tan head. Aroma of ciffee grounds. Taste is very roasty but plain.
CH-303 (1296) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUL 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Very dark brown, clear I guess. Some tan head.
Aroma: Dark malt, chocolate.
Taste: More dark malt and chocolate. Coffee? Actually refreshing.
Info: 330ml bottle, 1/6-2013
Imaena (1689) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught. Got a pint of this in Wellington and was a bit disappointed. Its decent beer but not great beer.
lisagirl (262) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2013 surprisingly good, tastes kinda like a sweet chocolate liquorice log. not even that watery, rather smooth. biggest problem is the flavour disappears immediately, no punch at all, but its rather nice really. update: found out that the first one of these was actually 6 months past its best by, and was better than the fresh stuff. surprised that such mainstream stuff aged so well. tick this up a bit.
Beersiveknown (2389) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle on northern explorer train en route to Wellington 5/1/13
Dark brown-black with fizzy cola head. Fairly thin bodiedwith some roast barley and coffee notes and a touch of bitterness. Too sparing on the hops (AGAIN).
Rangi (508) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Enjoyable beer. Has a pleasant malt and hop balance with some roasty flavours coming through.
Bif (1256) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Mac’s Steamship Brewing Co inAuckland. Served a very dark Mahogany color with a hint of ruby around the edge. Decent head, creamy and fades to some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt bit of caramel sweetness and a bit od spice in the background. Taste of roasted malt caramel sweetness and a bit of spice. Mild bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body, smooth and ceamy with a nice balance. Nice beer for the style that goes down easy.