yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 29, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted 26/04/2006. 330ml mini champagne-style bottle, shared with Jono, at the Cellar-Vate April tasting.
Dark brown, woody murkiness, with creamy light-tan head and effervescent carbonation. Very mild nose of chocolate and spice. Brendon gets a yeasty note, perhaps a little under-conditioned. Slightly overcarbonated in the mouth to show through all it’s flavour, could be worth letting this one breath before sampling. What is there, in keeping with the nose, is a mild chocolate note and pepperiness. Carbonic and slightly watery. Certainly deserves another look, though at the price they are selling this I think it will be more suited to Air NZ Business Class than the average bottle store punter. Has potential, I think, but needs some work.
mike67 (786) - , 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.
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The feel is thin with fizzy carbonation; finishes with a roasted bitterness. An easy drinking lager, with a light feel yet some nice flavor.
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 (630) - 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 (601) - 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.
Grumbo (596) - 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.
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.
Jado (525) - 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.