Princette (8) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 18, 2011 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
An average beer, was expecting more from the packaging, a dark stout like taste but too tioasted and leaves a slurpee like taste, an okay brew but not a distinctive one
OldMrCrow (1624) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle in NZ.
After the Speight’s dark had dropped my expectations sufficiently, this was a pleasant surprise and I find myself rating it against the grain here. Actual detectable hop character (albeit straw-like), pretty decent malt balance. I found it quite easy and enjoyable to drink.
beer4eternity (199) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 24, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
330ml bottle. Very nice amber hue, small off-white mostly lasting head, some lacing. Aromas vary a lot with temperature; malty, honey, brown sugar, caramel, some cocoa, a bit of tobacco, woody. Quite sweet, low bitterness. dry slightly woody finish, medium body, soft to flat carbonation.
This initially reminded me of DB draught but better, not good enough for me to want another though. Very mediocre .
davidm (1870) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Enjoyable amber ale. Aromas of roasted malt. Sweet taste, with average duration. Velvety palate, and medium body. Brown colour, with a frothy white head.
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2009
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Quite a fine beer but not my style. A bit sweet in flavor with very little to remember.
DuffMan (5814) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 1, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Clear copper-penny amber, 1cm almond head, dense with decent retention. Grainy aroma with some caramel and a hint of breadcrusts. Grainy caramel flavour, a suggestion of marzipan fruitiness, and a dry short finish with low bitterness. Just okay for me.
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 30, 2009
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aromas are quite basic - malt, caramel and some hop.
Flavours are very sweet, mostly of caramel, bready malt and some apricot tones. Butterscotch is there, but I would say it is more of an off flavour.
Quite smooth and clean on the palate, clean probably because there is no aftertaste at all - reminiscent of water.
Basic and too sweet, but overall, not awful.
larsga (5821) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 18, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Small white head. Lovely deep amber body. Fruity cedar wood aroma. Dry-sweet earthy prunes and wood taste with sherry notes. A bit sugary. Thinnish body. Mild mouthfeel. Aftertaste is the same, with some added caramel. Quite nice, but feels a bit artificial. (0.2l sampler, The Southerner, London.)
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 14, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
On tap 01.07.09 at the Ministry of Sports, Queenstown. Ruby orange, off white head. Aroma is malty and earthy. Flavor is the same with roasted nuts and caramel.
KiwiJonno (76) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 30, 2008
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On Tap Speights Ale House. Dark amber/brown beer with a small white head. Sweet beer thats malt dominating with traces of caramel. Not much in the way of bitterness, I think they said 17 IBU’s. Has the characteristic Speights Signiture to it with their ale yeast.