Bif (1450) - 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.
Grzesiek79 (3211) - 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 próżno szukać. Kolor nieprzepuszcza światła, jakby najlepszy szwarzbier z egzotycznego kraju. Blisko mu do najlepszych Stoutów
petergaynor (111) - 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 (823) - 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 (442) - 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 (551) - 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 (4737) - 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 (3112) - 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 (1872) - 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.