Jimthechap (1324) - Christchurch, - AUG 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I agree with my esteemed colleague Cantabrian. This should be bottled. Inky black from the tap with a minimal head. The aroma is strongly reminiscent of cherryvite with chocolate, molasses, treacle and some gentle spicing. This is evident in the flavour but I have to confess that I am not enormously enamoured with it. I fly in the face of the trophy it won at the NZ Brewer’s Guild Awards, but it has a sweetness that I am not fond of. I would like to see this bottled because I think it will dry out nicely and retain its cherry and vanilla characters.
I do however believe that this beer is well made and deserved its trophy. and
lisagirl (262) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 19, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
#7 hoptoberfest at the volstead - absolutely delicious, i’m a sucker for fruit/spicy beers. cherry and chocolate dominate.
Cantabrian (674) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was tempted to place this on the porter category, as I find it a superb specimen, but the fruit beer qualifies it well. Perfect porter look, ruby black, with the right amoungt of translucency under an incredibly creamy head. Aroma of cherries, of course, but quite broad on the red berry range, with plenty of aromatic sweetness. Chocolate and cherries on the flavour, yes, it is tart, and there is also plenty of sourness to make it a n excellent fruit beer. Vanilla and raspberries complete the melange. The beer is rather thin and with a good deal of carbonation. Alcohol is inconspicuous. They should bottle this beauty.