Davros (1787) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours murky dark brown with a large, lasting head.
Boths hops and roasted malt are strong on the nose; big coffee and cocoa notes alongside grapefruit, pine and peach.
Same story with the flavours, big roasty characters as mentioned in the aroma, while the hops are mostly noticeable in a big, brash bitterness. Some alcohol is noticeable, but not hot.
bluevegie (3041) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky brown body with short off-white head. Good aroma of hops initially followed some coffee, malts come through more in the taste also the brown sugar. Easily drinkable, donít exactly pick up the alcohol, light in body with chocolate notes as well.
davidm (1919) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 6, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 330ml from Purvis. Masterpiece, great hoppy nose, with robust body. Aromas of caramel, smoke, grass, and liquorice. Sweet start, with bitterness taking over for a long finish. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Dark brown, with a frothy head.
DeliriumT (349) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
An interesting mash up of a good old American pale ale with a Belgian dark ale. The American pale hops dominate the nose and pallette but the Belgian malts kick in when you drink it down. Very refreshing and very interesting. If youíre a fan of the mash ups, might I suggest yeastie boysí pot kettle black
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Sexual pleasure in a glass. Nutty and toasty. Some aniseed. The hops donít come through at first, but later explode, but still blends well on the palate.
gam (3014) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour small headf mild carbonation aromas chocolate vanilla spices dark fruit dried ones brown sugar earthyness the flavours dark wheat prune sultanas burnt chocolate vanilla spices nutmeg ginger pepper thyme coffee cocoa mild medium bitter the finish plenty of hop and malt spicyness morishing tastes sweetness lasting bitterr palate pleaser
maneliquor (2729) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2013 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours murky brown with a thick, off white head. Aroma of vibrant citrus hops, pine and a touch of toffee malts. Caramel is surrounded by citrus and hop resin before a finish of pine and dry, roasted malts. Sharp bitterness to finish with quite a full bodied mouth feel. Very, very nice
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Now weíre talking. Itís been a long time since I tried a new bottled Aussie beer this good. Great piney hop aroma with no funny stuff, with chocolate milk and stroopwafel malt in the background. Itís really quite light-bodied but perfectly proportioned, everything exactly where it should be. Great hop flavour, good clean bitterness with really nice spicy malt edges. Could use a touch more malt guts, and I reckon they could achieve the same flavours at a lower alcohol content, but theyíre minor quibbles. Unusually elegant stuff for these guys, and for all the crazy style stuff, quite straightforward. Nice one.
hawthorne00 (2211) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 11C. Dark reddish brown with an inch of beige head that lasts and laces well. Aroma of chocolate and a melange of hops aromatics, mainly citrus-leaning, but also some spices. Creamy mouthfeel. Taste is sweet with toffee and burnt mocha, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, quite pungent juniper berries in a creepingly bitter finish. Weird and good - which I guess is what theyíre going for. Would go well with game.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark coppery brown pour with a lasting creamy tan head. Aroma is hoppy, roasty and spicy with notes of pepper, caramel, nuts, juniper and coffee. Flavour is similar to the aroma but with predominant notes of smoke, caramel, chocolate, cinnamon and grass. Mouthfeel is a little slick but quite dry with moderate carbonation and a lingering roasty, bitter finish. Overall this is nice, complex and quite well put together but still a little rich for my tastes; couldnít see myself drinking more than a couple.