donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rating for the ’Golden Tusk Special’ at 7%ABV. Pours dark orange, with an off white thin dissipating head. Aroma is quite malty, with a lot of caramel and also quite a bit of dark fruit, like raisins or plum. Also a wee bit of cinnamon spice on the aroma. Taste is full of bitter burnt malt and bitter hops, with the sweeter fruitiness and caramel coming in later which takes the edge off the bitterness.
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 18, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A very malty, orange nose with some spice. Aromas of peach and apricots.
Pours a brown, amber colour with a thin head that doesnt last.
Bitter, strong malt flavours. Flavours of apricot and orange and some spice. Not very interesting. A dry, lasting finish, dominated by hops but eventually turns chocolaty. Not too bad
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, there is a quite a lot of carbonation in the pour, a hazy amber with a bubbly off-white head. Seems to be more alcohol on the nose than the 5% suggests, rich and resiny with caramal. Caramal and chocolate mat on the palate, with a smooth mouthfeel, and pine and some zest in the finish. Somewhat unusual, but I enjoyed it.
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle 33 cl) Pours a slightly hazy amber with a creamy, off-white head. Sweet aroma of overripe fruit and caramel. Medium-bodied with a fairly solid malt base and some nutty accents - again flavours of overripe fruit. Very subdued bitternes. Very pleasant and quaffable. 130208
Plimmer (252) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2008
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 33cl. Dark amber and slightly hazy body with large dense head. Lots of hops in the nose. Sweet fruit, malt and hops in the flavour with a nice rounding bitterness in the aftertaste.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 12, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy slighty amber. Thin head. very ligh dusty hop aroma. Soft and fizzy mouth feel. Pleasant earthy hops on the palate. Delicate. Seems to be better than the sum of it’s parts. Grows on you as each sip is more addictive. Hard to quantify.
Hoser (370) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - APR 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2007 The name has changed but I have heard that this beer is the PBA, an amazing Pale ale that sneaks up on you hop wise. Page 368 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide only 197 to go.
OStreetBrewery (120) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have drunk this many times , every time different , every time enjoyable. Rating is for a bottle bought at Regional Wines in Feb 07. Pours a deep gold with a white head. Aroma has tropical fruit , pineapple and perhaps peach, also hops with a the slightest touch of cattyness, but not enougth to be unpleasent. On the palate there is a bold minerally note , fading to some very dry malt flavours without to much in the way of sweetness. Pineapple again makes an impression and perhaps coconut and then a satisfieing drying bitterness. This has been my beer for the summer, quencing, ballanced and yet still providing enougth interest to drink all session.
bozoNZ (739) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 22, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2007 On tap @ Black Creek, Blenheim. 20/01/07. Rich golden colour, no head from the start. Reasonable hop balance on the nose. Very lightly carbonated, fruity and slightly sweeter than expected. Grassy well hopped to a nice dry finish. Reasonable beer but appearance was awful. Looked well dead after about 2 mins in the glass.
Unsure if it was bad lines, bad glass or just the way the beer is. Tasted reasonable otherwise
Retasted 31/01/07 330ml bottle from New World. Better from a bottle - better carbonation, more alive liikong. Increased Appearance from 1 -3
bmackenzie (40) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 5, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This beer is like that old British Leyland XJ Jaguar sitting in your Grandfather’s garage - you can see what a specimen it was in it’s day but that seems a now distant memory.
The beer pours a brilliantly clear orange with a thin head that fades too quickly.
The aroma is of light malt, a dusty -paper suggesting oxidation, lemon, yeast fruitiness and a little spicy hop.
Dry mouthfeel suggesting again that it’s spent some time in the bottle drying out.
Fruitiness from the yeast, spicy English hop character, no great malt character but a pleasant lingering bittereness.
There was no date on the bottle and I got the impression it was old.
Like the car, this beer isn’t firing on all cylinders.