maneliquor (3011) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2012 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours black with a slight brown tinge on the edges. A small tan head is produced. Although simple, the aroma is chocolate covered raisins. Very nice. Loads of dry cocoa comes through in the taste, backed by dark fruits and more chocolate. Cocoa lingers for ages. Quite full bodied mouth feel. Although this beer is very simple, it has done what it has been set out to do very well - even won the best beer at the AIBA’s. After having a bottle a year old, it has changed nicely. Quite a different beer. Seem to get some whiskey notes on the nose which was nice. Th chocolate was more of a powdery cocoa in the taste than chocolate covered dark fruits as well. Although it was quite oxidised, it tasted great
bhensonb (10814) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours very dark brown/black with a fizzy, but substantial, dark tan head that went down rapidly. Aroma is carbon dioxide and chocolate. Med minus body. Flavor is reminding me of a cookie of some sort. There’s a lot of dark chocolate and coffee. It’s lightly sweet in the finish, but the various bitters balance that out.
maxwelldeux (3505) - Everett, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a ridiculously thick tan head. Lots of chocolatey maltiness to the nose on this one. Nice and chocolate notes to the taste, too, though it’s awfully carbonated.
skortila (4436) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. The aroma has cacao, chocolate, roast, hint of coffee. Black coloured beer with athin, off-white head. The taste islight-moderate bitter, chocolate, roast. Nice, smooth and full bodied mouthfeel. Some carbonation.
imaragingbull (570) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml Bottle. Pours opaque brown black with big foamy tan head, well retained and big lace. Aromas of sweet malt, toast, mocha, nuts, honey, oats, grain, chocolate, cream and a light coffee note. Some hop aromas; grass and berry are apparent also, Complex malt body, medium full, warming, sweet deep dark malty roasty sweetness, pitted fruits, mocha, coffee, bitter chocolate and toast. Finishes with the flavours lingering a touch sweet, with bitter chocolate chips and toast lingering. Unfortunately the bottle conditioned yeast gives an unsatisfying bite on the end otherwise - Very satisfying crafty beer.
WKnight (1) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2012 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml Bottle From Belair Fine Wine.
Great easy pour with expected size head, subtle chocolate flavours, velvety smooth mouthfeel, rich and intense with subtle hops on back palate.
Davros (1869) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pitch black with a fading tan head.
Nose shows chocolate, roasted malt, earthy coffee grounds and soft spicy hops. Also a touch of liquorice. Pretty tempting.
The same coffee and roasted malt presents itself as flavours, while the chocolate and liquorice seems to have faded. Finishes with a balanced, roasty bitterness.
Carbonation seems just a little high.
muffledego (6) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 1, 2012 does not count
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. I was actually quite disappointed with this, and didn’t feel the creaminess of the oatmeal came out strongly at all. The positives are that the cocoa flavour is rich and carries throughout, but I just found it a bit thin.
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Galbraith’s and a 500ml bottle from New World, batch 180 (no year on btl). Golden brown pour with a tan head leaving moderate lace. Cocoa nose with a hint of alcohol. Medium body and fine, carbonation. Dark chocolate, oatmeal, toffee and a touch of bourbon with a dry, chocolatey finish. Never overly sweet. An impressive Kiwi stout, will seek out more ales from this BC.
marcus (6365) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours black with a tan head that spurted from the bottle and a chocolate aroma. There is a very carbonated dry chocolate and coffee flavor. The chocolate is nice, but the body is a bit thin.