lisagirl (264) - 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 (4974) - 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 (670) - 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 (1983) - 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 Macís 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.
Grzesiek79 (3886) - Radom, POLAND - SEP 12, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Czarne jak noc w piwnicy. Smoliste i palone wyraźnie. Aromatyczne z wielgachną pianą. Wytrawne solidnie. Nut owocowych tu průżno szukać. Kolor nieprzepuszcza światła, jakby najlepszy szwarzbier z egzotycznego kraju. Blisko mu do najlepszych Stoutůw
petergaynor (137) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 24, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
330ml bottle, pours dark black, thick caramel coloured head. Smells coffe, nutty, toasted malt. Tastes very toasted, coffee, some chocolate and nuts coming through. Not a bad effort by macs.
Cantabrian (975) - 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, itís 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 (459) - 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 (555) - 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 Iím there next and re-rate.
jgb9348 (5553) - 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.