Brewed by Pink Elephant
Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, Malborough, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
The original famous brew produced at the incarnation of the Pink Elephant Brewery and acclaimed by Michael Jackson. A dark amber colour with good mouth weight and complex flavours from crystal and dark malts.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer4eternity (225) - Tauranga, - OCT 9, 2011
330ml bottle. Aroma: is wonderful and complex; smooth chocolate malt, very fruity and spicy; overripe fruit, raisins, prunes, some liquorice, caramel, toffee, borderline mouldy orange, leather at times a little cardboard. A little Christmas cake like. Appearance: hazy mahogany hue with small creamy beige lasting head and good lacing. Taste: aromas translate well into the taste. Very tasty, sweet with a long bitter finish and a twang of salinity and a hint of sourness. Palate: medium to full body, soft carbonation, lightly syrupy texture, pepperiness in the finish. Overall: a very well crafted ale, altogether quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (21653) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2015
From notes. Bottle. Hazy orange brown color, medium tan head. Aroma of raw bread and licorice. Taste has light spice, burnt caramel and toast. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (5338) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2014
Bottled. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. The aroma has raisin, some spice. Clear, red-brown coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is sweet, has caramel, raisins, plum and some clove. Good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Viter (34) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 22, 2014
(Bottle) above average beer. Nice brow to dark amber colour, thick white-brown head. Caramel, malt and brown sugar with little bit of syrup in the aroma. Caramel and sweet background. Bitter with earthy undertone and warming alcohol finish. Full body, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pdubyah (641) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 14, 2013
For me, a swing and a miss. I’ve avoided this for a while but it’s been in the fridge and demanding attention. All the flavour via the caramel and that’s not good enough,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 2, 2013
very sticky fruits in here, which is nice, but the hop bitterness in this one seems a bit off. but otherwise the deep caramels are quite nice, along with that stickiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tonybaldeagle (61) - - FEB 21, 2013
Flavoursome & full with just enough bite to make a statement without overpowering. Almond notes with a lemon undercurrent. Very enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyfla99 (12) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 16, 2013
Aromas of sweet malt and roasted nuts/chestnut. Loads of sweet thick caramel malt character. Very rich, one for the armchair

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
omega (898) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 3, 2012
Big beer from Mr Pink. Good deep colour and this shows through in the beer. Little raisony in the palate

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Cantabrian (990) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 23, 2012
Definitely not my style. Shocking taste, too bitter and floral, a seemingly unnecessary abuse of hops. The beer seems to have its legion of admirers though, by the scores below. I was actually eager to love it, but I must say that I found it disappointing, to say the least.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
highlandlad (1475) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 7, 2012
A sweet English strong ale from NZ’s South Island. A fair nightcap but too sticky for more than one for this taster. Burnished copper, thick head. Aroma of dark figgy fruits, blackberry jam, toffee and a pinch of nose-prickling all-spice. The mouthfeel was the best thing about this - thick and filling. Toffee malts on the tongue and a late spicy burn in the swallow. Some metallic English hops in there. Lots of fruity esters. (330ml bottle)

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