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.
Dervock (503) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - pours black with a tight at head. Roast mlt, cereal and a slight funk. Rost malt bitterness and a lingering dry finish. Lively carbonation, bit too much.
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.
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.
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 (264) - 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.