Brewed by The Twisted Hop
Style: Old Ale
Christchurch, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
A strong dark ale, malty and dangerously easy to drink - beware!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (8323) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 24, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nate2g (1548) - 上海 / Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 4, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2008
My least favourite from the line of real ales, seemed popular at the pub but i wasnít taken with it, was nice enough but seemed slightly over attenuated so it didnít have the body i was expecting had a nice enough blackcurrant/blackberry nose and flavour but nothing much else to interest me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2008
(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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2008
Iíve had this one in New Zealand on my honeymoon. Visited the Twisted Hop and drank it there.
Certainly a nice strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1822) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - OCT 23, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 17, 2007
On cask at the pub. This beer reminds me of Fullerís 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kinghellsfire (10) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 29, 2007
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
OStreetBrewery (120) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 2, 2007
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.

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