Cuso (4384) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, kindly shared by Miro, many thanks. Dark reddish brown color with medium off-white head. Nice hoppy aroma with caramel. Caramel malt followed by nice citrus hoppy kick. Long hoppy bitter finish. Went nicely with grilled meat. Good.
MisoW (1196) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botte, courtesy of Miro. Pours reddish color, lightly beige head. Aroma is malty, citrusy, hoppy. Teste is medium sweet, lightly bitter, citrusy, red berries, hints of caramel, grapefruit. Medium long, bittersweet grapefruit finish.
Pdubyah (363) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 7, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I started really liking this and then I stopped to be less effusive. If anything although this is bitter it’s also burdened at the same time with sweetness and caramel in equal measures and amounts, it’s all one thing, which drown both things.
chinchill (1759) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the Fork & Brewer in Wellington.
Pour was deep red-brown with excellent clarity; fairly durable tan head.
Aroma: spicy hops; trace of Brett?; hint of caramel.
Flavor: vanilla and caramel malts; bitter/sweet; lacking hops for style.
Feel: near medium body.
DylansDad (300) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle bought on holiday in Taupo, where the choice is between this or Monteiths.
Aroma is of a typical amber ale, caramel and toffee, but a soapy pot pourri tends to dominate. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and under-carbonated (a very aggressive pour gave only an espresso thin head). No citrus explosion as per label, rather the flavours tend toward a medicinal/dark green/conifer typical of some of my favourite US IPAs. Overall, I liked this beer, but I think the bottling/air-tightness might be a bit suspect.