ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured a dark brown with a thin short-lived off white head. Aroma was a little nutty, a little malty. Flavor was very thin. Some light roast on the front end, but then dry on the back with little to no mouthfeel. Like a really watered down porter.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - APR 12, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at the Brewery. Pours dark brown with a thin tanned head. Chocolate malt, caramel, biscuit and coffee aroma and flavour. Thin and bitter mouthfeel with a light roasted finish. Not a standout but still a good beer.
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 17, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured oily black from bottle, with a small tan head. Aroma is pretty mild, with roasts, faint espresso, and a bit of pruney-tartness. Flavor starts mellow, with some amusing dark fig-prune, medium-dark chocolate, and earthiness. Mouthfeel is medium in body, with large carbonation that reminded me of homebrew. Pretty decent Swarzbier, but missing that clean ash-roasts and meaty malt profile of the best in the style.
guzzler67 (1494) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep, reddish brown appearance with a large beige head. The initially vinous aroma turned maltier as it warmed, while also providing a whiff of the yeast. Gently hopped with some soft fruit and caramel flavors that turn a little spicier in the aftertaste, giving it an almost scharzbier-like quality. Medium bodied mouthfeel with lively carbonation and an average length finish.
coldbrewky (1420) - 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.
highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
The weak link in the current Moa line-up IMO. Perfectly drinkable but I’m not sure the brewing technique flatters the style. The result seemed to me to be too fizzy and thin in the limb to be truly enjoyable. Too sweet and a bit ’clean’. Teak-black with a head that could have flown to NZ and back in the time it took to settle. Milky Milo aromas with minimal roastiness. Spritzy mouthfeel - bit nagging. Sweet choc malt flavours.
Lunkie (1401) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smokey malt aroma with sweet undertones. Dark brown colour with great head and lacing. Sweet malt smokey flavour with beacon. Smooth palate.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Caramel brown pour with beige head. Aroma is some nutty malt, bread, and very light belgian-like fruit sweetness. Flavor is the same, sweet caramel and fruit malt base; complex but subtle and light roasted finish.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
After the very good blanc I looked forward to this with a great deal of anticipation. It presents well in the glass with a good brown hue and fluffy head. Definite malty and toffee tones in the nose and subtle chocolate maltiness in the mouthfeel as well. The gas levels are a bit high and this causes a bit of astringency on the palate. A good beer but like some I was a little underwhelmed.
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAR 15, 2007
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
A big disappointment. dark brown with quite a bit of thick black sediment (don’t know how good they are at disgorging at this place?!) and with a brief volcanic eruption of off white head. aroma assaults you with acetaldehyde - along with the chocolate malt this puts me in the mind of outback black opal. in the mouth extremely dry and quick with nothing more than a thin roastiness, finishing with yeast and green apple. astringent, fizzy, thin and a totally unnecessary addition to the brewing world - a big let down from the other two.