frenchiew (17) - , NEW ZEALAND - JAN 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bought this in a bottle from Regional Wines and Spirits, not sure why, probably liked the name despite being wary of NZ attempts at strong beers.
It poured jet black with a surprisingly foamy rich looking tan head, which didn’t disappear. The aroma is fantastic; coffee and a slight hint of metal which sings promise.
In the mouth it is slightly oily and cloying, and the coffee continues, along with lots of other rich flavours, licorice and chocolate. It doesnt’ feel too alcoholic, but you know it’s there when you breathe out.
It has a medium sweetness but doesn’t stick around in the mouth. Nice balance is what I thought.
Brilliant drop, knock a bollock off to try one.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On handpull at the brewpub. Big and rich, lots of oaky flavours for me - along with malty coffee and chocolate, and stewed fruits. Quaffable at your peril!
bozoNZ (716) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 20, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted at the bar - jet black with a tan head. Rich roasted malt aroma with a bit of coffee grinds and hop earthyness too. Big in the mouth, lots going on - licorice, coffee, burnt caramel & some dark fruits. Despite the flavours it’s the velvet richness that makes this wothwhile. Another at the bar thought it ’quite quaffable’ - for me one to definately savor.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - APR 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at the Twisted Hop, Christchurch. Pours almost black with a small dark brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit and cherries. The flavour is the same. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Good bitterness in the finish. A good drinking porter.
SorenE (168) - , NEW ZEALAND - APR 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yeah! great finale to a great evening at the hop. dark dark brown with a dark brown head. roasted coffee flavours and some hoppiness too, maybe cascade, hard to tell under all the roastiness. thick maltiness and high roasted bitterness, not too cloying. great stuff!
Jimthechap (1326) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The first Imperial Russian Stout brewed by the Twisted Hop and tasted just prior to release, matched with Port Ahuriri blue cheese.
Deep rich ruby/russet in colour with aromas of coffee, chocolate and cigarbox runcio. The first taste is like a kiss of wine chocolate, a touch of caramel and unmalted, roast barley. The match with the cheese was ideal, but this beer is probably best enjoyed with a nice earth Cuban cigar.
Lush and will develop with age. Stunning.