McCracken (14) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma has a sharp, pilsner malt note with some chocolate and caramel. Appearance is a dark mahogany with garnet highlights...very beautiful. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavor isn’t too complex but gets the job done as a more interesting American Dark. Some dark toffee depth with light toastiness and light chocolate/carafa special flavor. Pretty nice, though too expensive to buy in the states for being what it is...
bluevegie (3070) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 17, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark body which was ruby red deep with a light tan head. A little bit of milky coffee and soft chocolate on the aroma also burnt notes. Roasted grain taste, pleasant bitterness and this beer seems to grow on you.
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2009 Bottle, pours a amber-brown with a large frothy being head. A rich chocolately aroma, with a touch of caffeine and some phenolics. A good bitter hop palate, a light but creamy mouthfeel, though a little thin and metallic. The flavours are a little understated, some roasted malt - thankfully no steamed carrots! I quite enjoyed this. A nice warm up to a Rut & Ram ’Aloo Strong Dark Mild.
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I’ve had this one in New Zealand on my honeymoon.
Dark brown colored brew. Roasted malty aroma. Nice coffee flavor.
JorisPPattyn (8913) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slight haze, ruby-brown beer, beautiful; very good yellow-cream head, stable. Roasted, near roasted coffee beans aroma, just a touch earthy. Good! Coffee, coffee cream. Like a light coffee stout, when bottom-fermented of course. Light, but not at all empty; slick, creamy even. Nice! Very good light, stout-like beer. More and more Baltic porter are top-fermented, here’s a beer tasting like a stout for all the world, bottom-fermented. Great find, Stef!
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (375ml). Bottle exploded upon opening sadly. Poured a very dark brown almost black, orangey brown highlights, light brown head which was mostly lasting. Aroma was of burnt malts, mild coffee and chocolate and some sweet raisins in the back. Taste was initially sweet with some dates followed by a fair dose of coffee with an odd smoky sour milk finish. Body was medium with a chalky mouthfeel and a mildly bitter finish. I was not overly impressed with this one.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 18/20
Way too much fizz. Located this in Queenstown, NZ. Pretty rare, it seems. Very dry and pretty malty. Rich. Not to my liking b/c of all the excess carbonation!
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at the 2007 Aussie Summer Gathering: Brown amber with some rusty tinting in the light beneath a short-lived head. In the nose slightly wheaty tones lie beneath some fruity hop and yeast notes. Flavours of toasty grains dominate with some pleasant biscuity notes and a slightly annoying orange tang. I found this to be a bit thin. Even if nicely done overall it just didn’t have any standout flavours.
bhensonb (13217) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Bottle Barn. Aroma of rich dark roasted malt that is not burnt, and is somewhat chocolatey. The color is deep ruby, if viewed under very strong light; otherwise nearly opaque. The white head collapsed rapidly. Medium bodied with full and creamy carbonation - no bite. The flavor is mellow dark roast malt with dark chocolate aspects. A very slight touch of underlying sour. The finish is not sweet; the malt continues; some bitter pops up for balance. The whole thing is a bit earthy, like fresh mushrooms, but that’s just the backdrop for really great flavor. At US $30+ for a six pack it’s not likely to be an everyday quaff, but I am glad to have been able to enjoy it. Perhaps as close to stout as a lager is likely to get.
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This American Dark Lager pours a deep brown color from a 33cl. bottle. Medium to large sized beige foamy head. Good retention and nice lacing. Aroma is dark malt, caramel and slightly sweet. Medium bodied dark beer. The malts are slightly roasty, touch of chocolate and dark fruit. The hops are earthy and slightly spicy. This beer reminds me a little of some of the dark beers I drank way back in the old days. A little darker malts, slightly more flavor and body than the lighter stuff. Nice balance. Good carbonation. Nothing really outstanding here, but it is a very nice drinkable beer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.