TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2009 Bottle out of The GrandMaster’s homecoming box (courtesy of yalnikim), pours a thick black with a foamy brown head that is darkest I have ever seen.A sweet oaky aroma, tones of whiskey (The GrandMistress thought more red wine), with chocolate, raisins, and pepper. A bitter gravelly palate, with chocolate-touched roasted malt flavours. The finish is short and dry, and a bite of sourness. Something just doesn’t click for me to rate this any higher than above-average.
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 1037. Black in colour with toffee coloured head. Really thick could almost hold up a teaspoon. coffee and port flavours, lingers for ages.
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a creamy yellowish head, looks pretty stunning. The aroma is almost like no other (beer), big blue cheese comes through first, followed by an ’old house’ musky woody smell, tobacco and an incinerated block of dark chocolate. Pretty wacky and interesting but not 100% nice. Dry woody mouthful, some crazy dark fruits come through with more blue cheese, coffee beans, it also had a weird note of varnished antique wood too which could have been classified as smokey phenolic. Dry, coffee/cheese finish. As interesting and unique as this was to try, I found it pretty hard going. Big thanks to Stew41.
Stew41 (1942) - Phuket, THAILAND - NOV 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amazing pour; very dark brown with a yellow, almost orange coloured head - looks very tasty. Soft chocolate nose, great depth. Palate does a complete about face; dry, herbal, dusty, dry licorice. Very old school - kinda like a classic Bordeaux cabernet - not some young upstart from Margaret River or Napa. Maybe some oak notes in there as well. Early days but full of interest.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pretty bloody dark stuff - the darkest of all the imperial stouts on the day. Crazy aromas jump out of the glass at you - blue cheese, tar, tobacco, burnt toast, sour fruits and cream cheese like some Wig & Pen stuff. Insanely dry, ashy flavour, lots of fruity acidity and a leathery, tarry, bitter finish. Weirdly fantastic stuff. Very much in the British style with all the weird yeast- and malt-derived characters as per my very limited understanding of such things. It really stood out in comparison to all the other beers for the extra layers of flavour, where the others offered more linear intensity. A brilliant beer from a brewery which I thought had shut years ago! You’ve gotta love that. Dunno if it’d go with Stilton though - it tastes just like the stuff. I’d go with Parmagiano Reggiano. Thanks to Stew41 for bringing it.
OStreetBrewery (120) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
At last an Imperial Stout commercally brewed in NZ. Pours a viscus pitch black with an oily slick of dark brown head. Big slightly sour caramel aromas, with a hint of chocolate. On the palate big forthwright dark chocolate leading to a big bitter finish. Very dry for the style, seeming to lack sustanence for the years to come. This is ready to drink now and Im not sure how it will be in 5 let alone 10 years time. Still its a great beer , and its great to have a great new style in the NZ market.