Rangi (508) - - JUN 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black poor. Roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Flavour is much the same just a slight burntness. Nice bitterness to this stout. No oyster or weirded and wonderful flavours. Little disappointed by that but the stout was pretty nice regardless.
skortila (4347) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Brew Craft Beer Pub, Rotorua. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. The aroma has roasted malts mainly, hint of fruitiness. Black coloured beer with a beige head. The taste is slightly bitter, has roasted malts, coffee, some dark fruits. Fairly clean. Nice.
kiwianer (3315) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The head is robust, the body black. It smells a bit roasty, stony, malty. The taste is roasty, bit oyster, natural, stoney. The aftertaste is oyster, bitter, roasty. Ok but I expected more.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at fork and Brewer. Almost black, tan head. Aroma of earthy coffee grounds. Taste is earthy cocoa and burnt espresso. Nice.
petergaynor (111) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark black with a thick coffee head. Nose is malty chocolate coffee. Taste is earthy, slightly bitter, plenty of coffee chocolate, some crustaceans and oyster.
DylansDad (295) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very smooth, sweet, burnt, roasted, warm finish. Too polite to be outstanding.
beer-yum (358) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2014 Initial experience (on tap) was a dissapointment. Subsequent ones (from bottles) have impressed. A rich/full bodied beer that covers all bases well. Probably even better than my rating would indicate...
lisagirl (262) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
roasted coffee beans, malt and bitter cocoa, with perhaps a little saltiness (or is the name just putting things in my mind?) finishes with a lasting charred bitterness, and while there’s a little sweet chocolate as it warms up it’s very background stuff. quite delicious really.
Beersiveknown (2473) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Edesia, Christchurch 11/1/13
Dark ruby brown with cola, sweet berry and cocoa on the nose. Thick bod, rich and smooth with roast coffee, dark chocolate and slight barley in the long finish.
KiwiJonno (76) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 2, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled from a 500mL bottle. Almost black, with a decent tan head. This beer has moderate chocolate and burnt malt aroma. It tastes similar also, with a long finish. The burnt malts slightly dominate the chocolate. Slightly one dimensional for my liking, and perhaps a bit thin for a stout. Typical light stout carbonation. This beer seems to get good reviews, so I might revisit at a later date. But for now, it seemed just average to me.