gam (3493) - brisbane, - OCT 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky dark brown pour no head mild carbonation aromas sweet honey freshness of buckwheat woodinesss the flavours honey sweet buckwheat sharpness sour note mild light vinegar funky barn note very tasty braggot to drink the finish best aftertastes barnyard leathery note buckwheat honey light sour note dry finish very nice to drink
ShaneJ (670) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Slowbeer. Deep amber/brown, quickly diminishing thin head, sweet honey, earthy, slightly spicy, does smell a bit "horsey", heavy, syrupy mouthfeel. Not my thing.
ALLOVATE (2541) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cellar temperature and into a chalice. Uninspiring pour and honestly insipid in the glass. No head, little carbonation and a murky amber chestnut in colour. Complex nose is underlyingly woody, earthy, ’forest floor’ and smothered with hints of fresh cinnamon quills, cocoa powder, blackwood honey, spicy buckwheat and a touch of rich, red leather. Wow, what a contrast this is flavourwise. Puckeringly sour, vinous and just a little acetically vinegary - and wow too many words adjectively ending in ’-y’. Tight acetaldhyde note on the sides of the tongue is sharp, dry; the body less than that of water gaining it a wine-like stylismo. Backend is rough and musty hinting at topsoil and dust bunnies. Warming in the finish but lacking in depth. Just didn’t follow this at all. I love a well made Bragget, but this was in a world alone. (33cL no date stamp, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
mkel07 (4001) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Murky and dark like a Scottish bog it with a much better aroma. Light loose ring of foam clings to the edge of the glass. Sweet, sour and tart aroma with a flavour that is unusual. Good mouthfeel with an aftertaste of almonds?
hawthorne00 (2706) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear darkish amber with a lasting white coat. Aroma is vinous with interesting, vaguely medicinal honey. The aroma doesn’t really signal the power of the honey which dominates initially. There’s only a breath of sweetness, then is leathery, floral and spicy. There’s some light roasty almost coffee-like malt flavours underneath too and after that first wallop of honey the white grapey flavours come though again. Low carbonation. Interesting texture - silky, surprisingly light-bodied and there’s no overt alcohol at all, but it somehow feels every bit of its 13.7%. Didn’t like this as much as some of the other recent releases - the honey is very full on relative to the beer - but again it’s striking how "finished" these one-offs seem to be.
davidm (1978) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 19, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Swords. Original, interesting, nice balance. Aromas of brandy, caramel, and cheese. Taste is sweet, with sour notes, long length. Palate is syrupy and full bodied. Dark brown, cloudy, thin body.
Davros (2205) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2013 Pours coppery brown with almost no head.
Nose shows wild untreated honey and little else. Maybe some musty notes too I suppose.
Some of the honey is present as a flavour too, along with the musty character. Some alcohol is there, but it’s kept well-integrated. A faint white wine character shows through too.
Needs more carbonation.
Not sure I’d want this again but worth trying.
Rangi (628) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown nil significant head but plenty of bubbles at 1st that cling to the glass, slowly they disappear and the beverage is left looking slightly flat. Funky aroma at 1st followed by an interesting thin but surprisingly refreshing and light beverage. Somehow it does remind me of horses, hay and stables. The honey contributes a different flavor and leaves a lasting after taste but I really enjoyed it. May be one I would not go out of my way to try again but good as a one off.