DuffMan (7028) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Part of the tasting tray shared with my lovely wife at the brewpub in Christchurch, enjoyed with the charcouterie plate and cheese plate. Gorgeous deep mahogany red colour. Aroma is faintly smokey, with notes of molasses, chocolate, and fig jam. Silky palate with flavours of burnt malt, molasses, prunes, and a subtle spiciness in the finish. Nice bitterness that lingers long after the swallow. This reminded me of an old-school classic porter, and for that reason was my favourite of the lot.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - APR 11, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the Twisted Hop, Christchurch. Pours dark ruby with a medium creamy beige head. Aroma of toast, nuts and fruit. The flavour is toast, nuts and fruit. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel and low bitterness in the finish.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Twisted Hop 01.04.09. Nearly opaque black brown, off white head. Aroma is chocolate and malty with roasted nuts. Flavor is roasted, caramel, port, bitter, caramel, chocolate, and coffee. This reminds me of a porter.
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
My least favourite from the line of real ales, seemed popular at the pub but i wasn’t taken with it, was nice enough but seemed slightly over attenuated so it didn’t have the body i was expecting had a nice enough blackcurrant/blackberry nose and flavour but nothing much else to interest me.
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(On tap) Cloudy brown with a warm tint of red and an off-white head. Fantastic, complex aroma of wood, raisins and alcohol. Medium-bodied and almost flat with very complex flavours - again raisins, wood and perhaps a little Port. Short and dry finish. Lovely. 21 IBU. 240108
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ve had this one in New Zealand on my honeymoon. Visited the Twisted Hop and drank it there.
Certainly a nice strong ale.
Stew41 (1753) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - OCT 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2007 On cask at the pub. Very dark brown with a faint red tinge. Nice thin coffee coloured head. Unique aromas of spice, cooked fruits and malts, and a touch of cinnamon. Fruity palate with plenty of malt impact. Aniseed, a faint hint of treacle, light chocolate. Slightly dilutive finish but otherwise pretty good.
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at the pub. This beer reminds me of Fuller’s ESB on steroids. It pours a reddish brown with a creamy white head. On the palate, big caramel flavours with a note of warming alcohol, some biscuity malt, and a silght woodyness, as if it had been oak aged. A hint of vanilla rounds out the solid bitter finish.
kinghellsfire (10) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 29, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep brown colour with a thick white head. tastes of malts with a hint of liquorice. A very good example of an English real ale. brewed on site in Christchurch
OStreetBrewery (120) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served from beer engine with sparkler attached at the Prince Albert in Nelson. Poors a sligtly hazy liqourish black with a thick white head. Fresh aromas of tangy fruit and woody aniseed. On the palate there is more tangy hop flavour , hop driven acidity and a hint of malt biscuit and chocolate leading into as firm bitter finish. Great beer and one which seems to defy stylistic boundarys.