Cantabrian (739) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2012 Not very versed in the "Dunkel" style, I think this is a nice beer. Black coca cola colour, with a firm head and plenty of large bubbles breaking through it. very weak aroma of chocolates and coffee. Taste is a bit too much coffee over the chocolates, grassy and the roasted malts. Some charred bitterness too. Sticky palate. It’s a pleasant drink. As much as I love the ultra heavy bottles of Moa beers, I hate the über-gay (both in a John Key sense and the other) contemporary design of the new labels.
mike67 (723) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Pours dark red-brown with a long lasting tanned head and nice lacing. Aroma is of funky yeast, bready, toasted malt and hint of hops. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of toasted malt, toffee and earthy hops. Finish is long, slightly astringent and bitter. Good beer to try once.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2007
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clear dark brown with a large beige head that didn’t really last. A weak milk chocolate aroma with some vegemite toast and something fruity and chalky that somehow reminds me of, I think, Boynton’s Ale. Sweet and bitter, but unbalanced and combined with the excessive fizz it’s a bit of a battle in the mouth. Strange aftertaste that has me thinking of steamed carrots. I really want to like these guys after my first bottle of their lager was great, but it’s been all down hill since with skunked bottles and weird flavours.
joeyplush (626) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
ARMed and I are sharing a bottle of this and rating at the same time. Pours a dark caramel color with a tan head that is extremely foamy to start, and takes forever to disappear. Once the head settles down it is a nice porter. Lots of chocolate and roasted coffee in the aroma. Taste is also chocolatey, but not too sweet. This beer reminds me more of a porter or chocolate stoudt than a dark lager. Very decent overall.
ARMed (587) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep dark nut brownish ale with a thick strong dense head. Appearance is very good. Palate is sweet and caramel chocolate. The beer has a good flavor but it resembles a sweet after dinner chocolate drink.
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.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 4, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours deep red /brown and a tan head. Mild nutty malt aroma. A slight coffee note, and some slight fruity hop.
Taste is quite roasty, nutty malt again though less of the coffee in the taste. More coffee on the finish.
A dark lager with the flavours you expect.
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - AUG 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with red highlight and a large frothy tan head. Light fruit dominates the aroma, not what I expected from the appearance. Flavor is big on the roasted and chocolate malts, along with some dark fruit. Nice clean finish. The body is highly carbonated, and gets in the way of the flavor. This beer is a bit strange, the aroma, color and flavor don’t really match up - but the flavor was a nice surprise.
Grumbo (449) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Utobeer, Borough Market, London. Dark amber colour with a beige head. Aroma of sweet milk chocolate malt. Light body, carbonation is rather too fizzy.
Jado (420) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - SEP 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint. Dark cola-coloured body was topped by a substantial tan head that mostly dissipated. Chocolate was the predominant flavour on the nose, and that carried through in the taste, although some black coffee and roasted malts also came through. Body was light and well carbonated. Easy drinking dark lager with more complexity than I was expecting.