beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 10, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark red in colour with thin white head. Manuka and spruce aroma. Big woody spicey flours.
I have waited lomg time for this, thanks to the guys at beerstore.co.nz for getting this great beer in.
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 20, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Galbraiths (Auckland), a cloudy light brown with a creamy off-white head. Strong ginger aroma, with some honey and lemon. Strong ginger flavours again, on a smooth palate with a gentle floral hop kick in the finish. A sap presence, and a little grainy as well. A little bit of a let down after the long wait.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Te-tasted 05/06/2008 at The Malthouse and dropped a flavour point and a couple of overall points. The hop flavour is a little too dominant for me, just taking away from the finer points of the beer (which could be really fine if they were allowed to shine through). Tasted 30/05/2008. From tap for afternoon tea at The Malthouse. Pours a pinkish-hued reddish amber, somewhere between murky and bright. I’m genuinely surprised at the sweet tropical NZ hops on the nose. There’s a big caramel base to this beer, which will please the average kiwi drinker but is a big overwhelming for me - it removes a little bit of the sessionability from the beer (though I may change my mind if I actually had a session on it!). The mild-medium bittereness and the slight tannin-like astringency are a good combination. Very pleasant lingering sprucey/piney/woody note from the manuka - assertively mild (it’s still there 10 minutes after the fact). Mildly carbonated. I tried this a few years ago at BrewNZ (under a diferent name, I think: "Swinelager"?) and thought it to be the best "Festive Brew" that year. I still feel the same, it is an excellent beer that just needs the slightest toning down in the caramel department. Definitely worth a retaste, or three, to confirm that theory before The Malthouse runs out. Full of flavour, and not a lot of alcohol.
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2008 4%!!! ok I didn’t know this when I was drinking it but that changes my mind about it....Interesting beer with loads going on, I was initially disappointed with the body but can understand it now that I know the abv. Flavour’s dominated by notes of liquorice and allspice/cinnamon, slightly medicinal with a hint of rosemary. Caramel sweetness to start but then finishes with a nice bitter dryness that balances it out nicely.
sunevdj (3909) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the inn. Pours a clear amber with a small off-white diminishing head. Somewhat sweet with a light bitterness. Aromas of citrus, honey pineapple and resin. Hint of spruce. Medium bodied. Soft carbonation. Bitter finish.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(On tap) Slightly hazy amber with an off-white head leaving some laces. Exotic, spicy and enticing aroma. Medium body with light notes of caramel, exotic fruits and a dry and fairly bitter finish. Incredibly flavourful for such a light beer. 290108
bozoNZ (758) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 27, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted Jan 07 @ Brewpub. Full rich head, brown amber colour. Big full bitterness up front, great body and luscious finish with the manuka. Embalm me with this please. I love it.
MOFO (28) - Melbourne (Prev: Chch, NZ), AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I love this - can not get enough of it. Unfortunately I often have to drive, so can not guzzle nearly as much as I would like. I believe the comments on this beer on the site reflect perhaps an unfamiliarity with Manuka, the key flavouring. For me, every sip is quintessential New Zealand. It is a winner as beer for me on its own merits - I would quite happily have thi as the beer to represent NZ in a showing.
Tasting Notes: Served on tap @ the Mussel Inn, Dark Brown in appearance with only a hint of redness. Frothy but relatively light carbonation. Biiter initial taste with the sweetness of the manka hitting the roof of your mouth. Lingering Manuka aftertaste.
wilbeer (4) - sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 3, 2006 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smooth yet spicy ..... Head will vary as with most beers that are not force carbonated..
A complex well rounded flavour..Not to be missed if you are in the South Island
omhper (23006) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 9, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2007 Draught at the brewpub. Cloudy brownish amber, no head. Strong spicy aroma - I get cinnamon and ginger. Light bodied and medium sweet with rounded mouthfeel. It is rather fruity and has some late herbal bitterness. An interesting beer.