Demise (57) - Wellington, - MAR 12, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted at NZ Beer Festival 2009. Pours a dark brown with barely any head. despite the average appearance, the aroma and flavour are quite good. It has a yeasty nose with a strong roasted malt character and a hint of dark chocolate and herb. A lightly hopped flavour, with roasted malt, a slightly burnt character and a nice smokey, peppercorn bitterness. Slightly too yeasty on the finish which is a bit disappointing, but a substantial malty brew.
imagineerz (5) - New Plymouth, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 6, 2016 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
one of my favourites, especially as a local brew, the awards are well deserved. Great version of a smooth english ale, easily drinkable with most meat dishes. Lovely dark colour and pleasant after taste.
GlassBrass440 (314) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 29, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clear, redish brown with no head. Aromas of chocolate and herbal/spicy hops. A distinct vegetal note as well. Flavours are sweet and of caramels and chocolate. A mild bitterness and cola-like, sweet finish.
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
rating from backlog. well, it was good enough. there was a bit of that chocomalt floating around. not particularly complex as you’d expect from a mild ale.
madmitch76 (20984) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
6th September 2011
Hazy dark red - brown beer, tidy tan head. Crispy dry palate. Nutty malt with some dark character. Very slight smoke. Dry finish. Not bad - a fresh tasting beer!
kiwirevo (11) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had no idea what this would be like before opening it and I’m pleasantly surprised. The first thing is the appearance, dark black/red with little head. Then the aroma which I’d pick is chocolate malt. The flavour is good but not hugely complex and it finishes reasonably cleanly and quickly. I could see drinking this all night.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In bottle at Craigs. Pours a ruby brown colour with a fair light tan head. Aroma of blackcurrant, Weetabix malt, coffee and caramel. Similar flavours with mild carbonation. Just a thin.
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - MAR 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of cgarvieuk. Dark mahogany, no head. Slightly funky nose, big blackcurrant, earthy malt too. Thin palate, blackcurrant, hint of roastiness perhaps, spiced hop finish.
cgarvieuk (20220) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle at home ... deep brown ... thin tan head ... sweet toffee ... caramel ... lightest aniseed nose ... sweet juicy blackcurrant ... sweet and juicy ... huge blackcurrant and soft roast ... i like this
deusax (459) - Grenoble, FRANCE - FEB 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on tap @ The Great Kiwi Beer Festival 2012 in Christchurch. Mike’s organic brewery is definitely the good surprise of this festival, for me! Pretty nice beer, really enjoyable and easy to drink
omega (880) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 5, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not the beer I was expecting as I poured it - obviously a dark ale. Malty caramel on the nose with these characteristics follow through on the palate.