ShaneJ (415) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Beer Cartel. Hazy dark brown, roasty malt, burnt caramel, grassy hops, quite dry, moderate bitterness. Ok.
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.
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - APR 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a bad beer. There actually was much substance than what I thought. OK flavour and prickly carbonation, some slight roast.
beer-yum (358) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A middle of the road brew from Moa. Nothing to write home about - but nothing much to complain about either. I’m not really a lager fan and don’t really understand what a dark one adds...but to each his own I guess.
KapitiCritique (345) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - FEB 4, 2010
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
375 ml green bottle. Very ordinary. Thin off white head with minimal lacing, hazy dark brown colour and slight caramel and malt nose. Sweet without being cloying and slightly bitter undertones with weak finish. Medium body, somewhat creamy and a little too much carbonation. Not a keeper.
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown. Lasting, foamy head. Aroma: Roasted malt, caramel, candy. Flavor: Pretty much the same with earthy hops showing up just before swallowing. Mild, bitter finish. There is almost a coffee flavor in this finish, I toast the complexity of this beer.
Personally, I think this beer deserves a higher rating than many give. I guess it’s all a matter of personal taste and that is what this website is about.
lisagirl (262) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
likable, coffee dominates the malt flavour. not much bitterness to be found and rather light beneath the malts, but quite enjoyable really.
Vanz (189) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2013 Re-rate.
Aroma: cereal, roasty, chocolate, oak, grape.
Appearance: a black red appearance, very thin light brown head.
Taste: medium bitterness, medium sourness, taste is quite different from what you would expect from a dunkel, very heavy oak flavours, can taste the wine flavours coming through.
Overall a very interesting beer, but I do not like it. The oak is just far too overpowering to be pleasant for me. Worth a try though.
petergaynor (111) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 8, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle, pours dark caramel black. Very little earthy head. Smells sweet coffee malts. Nice malt raisins coming through with caramel.
DonBirnam (108) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 11, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Brown with reddish tinge and tan head. Sweet malt with little to no bitternes, chocolate etc. Small coffee notes. Not very exciting.