Jimthechap (1997) - Christchurch, - JAN 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
gam (3518) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 4, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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
Cantabrian (919) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.