Rangi (497) - - MAY 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown poor with thin lasting head. Cool thin chocolate malt with an edge of bitterness. Hops have a well suited ripe fruit flavour. Slight dry finnish to the beverage. Nice beer well suited to the autumn weather.
ALLOVATE (2221) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught @ The Norfolk, Fremantle.
From start to finish this one was an absolute winner. Produces up a rich and vibrant ruby cola in colour. The head a lasting, solid and creamy inch of off-white foam that daubs a thick lace. Smoky, peaty rough malts and herbaceous and floral whole hops on the nose - simple and enticing. Smoky, dry, chalky and smooth in mouthfeel. Firm and well rounded with bold and chunky dark malt setting a lasting foundation for the citrusy, herbal hops to frolic. Bitter malt and hop swallow; peaty and forest floor rough with a hint of dark chocolate, cola and fresh mown lawn. Got a lot going on and a rawness that would link it closely to a keller or Zwickel bier. I loved this. Sessionable and yet complex. A really well made ale that had me desperate for more.