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Brewed by The Mussel Inn
Style: Brown Ale
Onekaka, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3.13/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Colonial ale. 7%. Put a Pale Whale in a pinot barrel for 9 months, stick a Monkey on it’s back, run a Dark Horse past it and then give it a good kick with an Ass. Bringing back the flavours of our forebears.
It happens at The Mussel Inn, Onekaka, Golden Bay, New Zealand.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, - JAN 25, 2014
Dark mahogany with a persistent cream coloured head and sediment in the bottom of the glass. Aromas of over-ripe banana, clove and carob (I hate carob) and flavours similar. Slightly sweet on the palate with only the gentlest bitterness. It’s remarkably tasty. It’s a chewy beer that requires a good sit down and ruminate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 4, 2013
Beige medium head dark cola like pour medium carbonation aromas caramel cinnamon clove fruit some funky notes flavours caramel sour clove cinnamon funky notes fruit hops not good all over the place sour to dull at the finish flavours loose goodness a fairly weak beer what sort is it really a brown or a summer ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cantabrian (975) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 3, 2013
Initially I thought this would be a bock, but then I read the brewer’s description. This is a dark beer, it looked walnut to me, although the light was pretty poor where I was. Quite formidable on the glass, with a dense creamy head. Aroma is rather fruity, with grapefruit and bananas on top of a bed of malts. There’s a powerful herbal vein too, a bit resinous, perhaps pine, but which I cannot really precise. The same combo is on the flavour, stronger on the herbal, again with that resinous taste. The beer has a nice full mouthfeel and it hides well the alcohol content. Not your ordinary brown ale. It’s nice. Be prepared for a botanical experience.

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