Cantabrian (670) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 30, 2012
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
It does say on the label that this is a dark ale, although technically it is classified here as a lager. Whatever it is, it’s no good. Looks cheap, too frothy, smells like DD7 10-cent coins wash, and it tastes equally. Thin, watery, too hoppy and citrusy, not my choice for a dark ale.
deusax (413) - Grenoble, FRANCE - JAN 31, 2012
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2012 Quite nice on tap, with a round palate, and a strong caramel taste. Bottled is worse, with a hard sparkling and a strong bitterness and sourness.
TheRealMGD (548) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle at Hops & Crops. Dark red-brown pour with a brief tan head leaving heavy, coarse lace. Metallic nose (bottle may have sat). Medium body and carbonation. Heavy metallic taste overpowers a chocolate and toffee middle, followed by a medium, coffee and bitter finish. The metallic taste fades somewhat as the glass warms and the chocolate becomes more prominent as a hint of licorice enters. This is what I have for now, will try a fresh pour at Steamship when I’m there next and re-rate.
jgb9348 (4275) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a nice creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, a touch of licorice, some light coffee and a bit more roasted malt and earth. Medium-bodied; Assertive roasted malt flavours with a touch of sugars, cream and a little earthiness. Aftertaste shows the simple, yet potent roasted malt taste with a little sweetness and a hint of alcohol near the end. Overall, a decent beer that shows some quality, but not great compared to other artisinal beers in New Zealand. I sampled this 33cL bottle with ridges on the lip, on my honeymoon on 22-August-2011 at the Koru Club (Air New Zealand) in Auckland International Airport.
maneliquor (2222) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Quite fond of this beer. Nothing special. Shows lots of roasted malts and light bitter coffee but a fantastic dark quaffer
EdKing (1545) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark in colour, almost black with browny tinges. Light in the mouth, more like a porter or German black beer /schwarzbier. Nice roasted flavours with coffee high notes and chocolate on the finish. Only criticism is bit too light in body and thin in the mouth.
summervillains (3) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2011 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Got a chance to drink this when in the Marshall Islands. I love this beer. Unique... dark but not heavy. Incredibly complex but incredibly drinkable. I snuck 6 or 7 of these back to the States and am drinking them slowly and rarely only on very special occasions. Wish I could get it here.
GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330mL awesome bottle as always. Pour is a clear, cola brown with a thin, tan head with very little retention. Aroma is strong milk chocolate, rich caramel, burnt caramel, cookie dough, toast. Taste is sessionable, rich dark malts, cola sweetness, slightly bitter. Fresh, lively, bitter on the palate. Very well made and easily enjoyable.
mkel07 (2512) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Jet black in colour with a coffee coloured head of tiny bubbles. Looks thick and heary, a meal in a glass. Burnt smoky aroma leads to as burnt malt taste that lingers and the flavour spreads to all parts of the mouth.
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Very dark/black with tan head. Medium carbonation. Medium to full bodied. Roasted malts, smoky, nutty, molasses. Medium bitterness.