sockless (21) - - NOV 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber. Smells of malt and biscuit. Tastes of malt and biscuits, bit of chocolate and bitterness coming through. Quite a dry finish.
beer-yum (1293) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appealing floral fruit aroma in a cloudy brown pour. From handpump it was a nicely balanced brew with a fruity biscuit body followed by a restrained bitter finish.
Cantabrian (986) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, courtesy of the most excellent Jimthechap - thanks Jono! I never know what to expect from a beer defined as "amber ale". This one would be better described as "A Bitter, And A Pretty Damn Good One". It is indeed biscuity and malty like a traditional bitter, but it has this raw hoppiness that grants the beer a lovely grapefruitiness on the aroma, and especially flavour. It’s resinous enough for a rather low IBV. Good one!
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The head is good, the body amber-brown and cloudy. It smells malty, fruity, bit peach. The taste is hop-intensive, bit fruity, bit dry, interesting malty, less refreshing. Tasty! 3.9
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very gassy ale clear amber pour aromas biscuity citrus grassy rich malt flavours citrusy sharp bitter taste of grapefruit rind biscuit saaz like crisp hops an earthy note tartness to the bitter the finish some decent flavours strong hoppy aftertastes malts a smoothness strong tarty bitter and some okay sweetness
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
i first had this straight out of the fridge, and thought it was awful. weird bitterness didn’t suit at all. but i should know better by now than to judge a beer by its frigid first impressions, because as this warmed up it became a completely different drink. the chocomalts really came into their own and the hop bitterness settled in quite nicely. still didn’t seem all that balanced and hardly can be said to be my favourite from raindogs, but it’s really not that bad after all.
sunevdj (3938) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Kinloch. Thanks, Jim!!! Pours a clear light brown with an off-white head. Sweet with some dryness. Lots of maltyness. Aromas of lightly toasted malts and some sweet liquirish. Also some peppery hints. Strong German (bittering?) hops note too. Medium bodied. Medium to soft carbonation. Dry finish with more hops notes.
Zeke_NZL (32) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 19, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2012 500ml bottle from Halswell New World Aroma: nuts, cereal, hay Appearance: deep amber, clear, minimal head Taste: lightly bitter, medium sweetness and flavours of Bread and nuts. Palate: medium body, soft carbonation, long bitter finish. Overall: An enjoyable beer with excellent malt flavours and enough bitterness to balance out the malt sweetness. The only black mark is the way in which the head dissipates almost before you sit down after pouring it in the kitchen.
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on tap at Cassel’s.
I have tried this beer before now at its family and friends release a few months ago. I mentioned then that the beer had potential. It was slightly cloudy, it didn’t throw up much of a head and it was on the sweet side. I mentioned potential because at the time I was thinking if I was reviewing it, I would have to be blunt, and bluntly, it wasn’t a show stopper. It was young, it wasn’t pumped through a beer engine, I could give a list of changes between then and now. I thought I’d wait.
Now: Pours a clear russet-amber with a fast disappearing head. The aromas are nutty with crusty bread, oiled timber, conifer bark and gum. The flavours balance nicely with the bitterness that sits on the tongue and stays there. At first it is cool and a little sweet, but it becomes mellow, bringing pronounced flavours of pecans and bread.
I had a feeling it would get better. God almighty, it did. This beer has a session written all over it. It puts forth those flavours you’d immediately associate with autumn. (Autumn is my favourite season by the way).