michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
375ml Bottle: Aroma of roasted malt, light chocolate, slight caramel, and Earthy hops. Poured brown in color with a small to medium-sized, creamy, dense, tan head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of roasted malt and light chocolate. Medium body. Lightly dry, slightly sticky texture. Average carbonation. Roasted malt and chocolate finish. One-dimensional and boring.
coldbrewky (1491) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle via beer world....aging and past prime.. faint chocolate turning an actually pleasant sour. A nice copper brown on the glass with fluffy head. Nose of acorns. No coffee on the radar whatsoever.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - NOV 16, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a reddish brown with an off white head. There is a slight malty aroma with some hops. Flavor has some hops and a caramel and chocolate malt.
Ratman197 (10840) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml corked and caged green bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of carmel, light fruittiness and light roast. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, light roastiness and light fruittiness with a crisp dry lingering carmel finish.
jimhilt (2455) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a two finger off-white head that fades slowly to a ring leaving some lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Opaque brown color. Nose is slight malt. Flavor is caramel and baked molasses. Smooth, surprisingly good being in a green bottle. $4.25 for a 375ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.
Ernest (6576) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, fully lasting.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (cocoa, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers).
Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Simple and dull aroma, equally bland in the mouth. Looks nice, but otherwise a snoozer.
SpringsLicker (3233) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A dense off-white head forms over this garnet-tinged dark brown brew.
Sweet candy malt aroma.
The flavor starts sweet but never really builds up enough momentum to go any further. Some dryness towards the finish.
Cybercat (3874) - Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a slightly hazy warm brown with a decent, if not persistent, pale tan head. Aroma is malty and just slightly nutty, not strong but still inviting. Flavor is malty with nutty and hoppy hints - not wonderful, but enjoyable nevertheless. Texture is smooth and fizzy, leaving a bit of a tingle behind, along with a hint of hops.
Brigadier (3195) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle
A mostly unexceptional lager this beer has the distinction of being the best of two new Zealand beers that I have tried in the past few years. I don’t know what that says about the country but it beats ticking off a bottle of Steinlager. At the price point though I will not be buying its companion any time soon.
Aroma / Appearance - The great surge of cream filled the glass like the inside of a custard doughnut. A gradient of deep brown to medium red finally emerged after it had some time to settle down. The aromas that escaped were par for the course - black cherry pits, malt base, blackberry jam, and caramel brownies (from a box rather than homemade). Hops are evident but do not go so far as to overpower the rest.
Flavor / Palate - Chocolate brownies which have been left too long in the oven fill the mouth with a mildly harsh taste. Gravelly transitions to a flat finish force me to rate this a bit lower. It is still very drinkable with some positive aspects. However I find myself wondering if time has not changed the nature of the beer since it was bottled halfway around the world. I can do better at several brewpubs around the area and guarantee a much fresher product.
Mora2000 (5913) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this beer. This is my first beer from the great country of New Zealand.
The beer pours an orange-brown color with a white head. The aroma is pretty basic with toffee malt. The flavor is more of the same, lots of toffee. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad, but nothing specials.