grapengrain (125) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Maybe the most exciting stout brewed in NZ – luscious coffee, chocolate and intense savory spice with a hint on saline. Very drinkable. E
KapitiCritique (345) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - MAY 12, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2010 500 ml bottle
They put Bluff Oysters in this? You have to be kidding.
Aroma: Something meaty and slightly acidic in there. Maybe they did use Bluff Oysters (which are from Bluff NZ - the southern most point of the South Island - and they are a big deal in NZ). Big dark unsweetened chocolate malt with something else that eludes me--Got it, sour milk. She’s talking to me baby, she’s talking. There is a strong molasses tinge to the chocolate.
Appearance. Deep dark brown, like black strap molasses. A & W Rootbeer rocky, dark cafe au lait head but with lacing big time. Head slowly decreases to a fine creamy layer. It looks like a stout.
Taste: Jumps out of the glass. Alcohol is definite. It is bitter, it is slightly sour but not like Guinness. Not a sign of anything sweet. Runs away leaving a mild bitter and sour sense in the front of your mouth and a wee creamy sense in the back and middle of your tongue. What a tease!
Palate: Full body but not overly creamy or sticky. Leaves your mouth fresh. Soft carbonation. You know there might actually be an astringent aftertaste but it is elusive. And it does leave you with an alcoholic feel.
Overall: I like it. Not sure where the bluff oysters come in though. I think they are . . . bluffing.
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 25, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2011 Tap at the local taphouse. Exceptional. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, smoke, and liquorice. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and very good length. Palate is velvety, with a medium-to-full body, and lively carbonation. Dark brown, with a frothy white head.
beerequalizer (22) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2010 Great stout this one... Has a very drinkable quality about it... Nice quality job. As for beerledgend... seriously? 9 out of 20? What planet are you on?
bluevegie (3053) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a good size dark tan head on a black body. Aroma is burnt notes, coffee and a little bit of dark fruit. Nice roasted bitterness in the taste, a little salt, medium full body.
gam (3246) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 9, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big frothy tan head very dfark stout aroma coffee roasted chocolate vanilla,flavour okay bitter roasted chocolate and coffee dry smokey taste oyster taste hard to pick,finish smooth light sweetness goes down well.
jonno (2335) - JAPAN - OCT 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flinty and oily are two words that jump out at me. Reminds me of Rogue Shakesphere stout...just a good solid stout in all respects. Not so much Oyster, this is a nicely bodied, easy drinking, well flavoured beer.
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Jet black pour with nice creamy tan head that settles over time. Nose has a heap of dark bitter roast with that typical indescribable oyster/mussel character...salty, sea-spray perhaps...its so distinct but hard to pin down. Palate is very serious, with big dark bitter roast as promised on the nose bringing rich coffee notes & again the slight salty character pops up. Carbonation is relatively lively which works well. Overall a really impressive beer, its rich & restrained. No doubt a very well made beer.
DonBirnam (108) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black with a tan head that disapates. Rich and roasty flavour. Very smooth mouthfeel. Perhaps a slight salty finish, but I’m not 100% on that.
snuffla (156) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pomeroys tasting - pours with tan head and lovely inky blackness. Aroma rich with chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Maybe hints of brine but that could have been my imagination. Same flavours in the mouth, rich roasted notes. Finishes very clean tasting for a stout. nice