astrofrk (340) - 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.
KapitiCritique (324) - 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.
ShaneJ (307) - 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.
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.
beer-yum (238) - 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.
Vanz (116) - 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.
pickled (47) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 8, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A fairly nice drop. I got my 330ml bottle from Rumbles - it was the last one there. It smelt of caramel to me. I think I may have served it a bit cold as there wasn’t much head but I did like the colour and taste. I found it creamy and pleasantly soft in the mouth. Wifey agreed with me that it was better than the Herold Bohemian Black Lager that we tried at the same time and that it was really too expensive to go back to in a hurry.
Dean (29) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared with 4 friends
plenty of head. Dark colour. Drinkable but I was hoping for more oomph.