Jimthechap (1421) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I held my glass up to the light and not a skerrick of colour got through this beer, even in the dimple of the glass. The head was a film of greyish brown. A quick snort from my not inconsiderable nose reveals chocolate, oats, motor-oil, cocoa, licorice - all typical aromas for the style. It seems very well made. The flavour is slightly sweet and somewhat silky with a pinch of acidic bitterness. It’s not bad stout. A little bit like every other oatmeal stout, but extremely well made.
chinchill (1265) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Lumsden Freehouse in Auckland.
Near black with a modest size but durable head.
Sweet and dark roasted malts in the nose and flavor. Mildly bitter aftertaste with some lingering coffee and lightly burnt grains.
O: OK but not recommended.
Cantabrian (742) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice stout, but uninspiring day. I do get the coffee and the chocolates, with a nice warm nose of dark berry syrup. Very black, it has the warming flavour of an oatmeal stout, with chocolates, malts, vanilla, a touch of tobacco, and without the coffee, which is good. Creamy and velvety on the palate.
kiwianer (3305) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The head is ok, the body black. It smells coffee, roasty, a bit chocolate, maltaromatic. The taste is roasty, maltaromatic, coffee, chocolate intensive, bit coffeebitter, tasty. Very nice! 12/13/13/13/-/13
beer-yum (330) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 A very good example of the breed. Very little of the coffee/chocolate tastes that can distract from the underlying brew - which is solid beer in this case.