kiwianer (3303) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The head is good, the body black. It smells roasty, aromatic, darkmalty, bit coffee. The taste is darkamalty, bit roasty, aromatic, bit coffee, less hopparomatic, but bit bitter. OK
lisagirl (262) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
mocha all the way. chocolate and espresso combine for a delicious mocha flavour. a little on the sweet side, so probably a sweet stout, but quite delicious.
chefinvt (17) - Blenheim, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Low carbonation characteristic of the style. Pours smooth into the glass, deceptivly thick. Restrained hop aroma with rich dark malts move to the front. Smooth with a hint of sweetness that rounds out the bitterness and makes for a balanced drink. I had to check the alcohol again, as it is surprisingly round and full. I am guessing Marris Otter contibutes to this. Sorry to find the bottom of the glass.
Cantabrian (735) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love it when the style at Ratbeer says "Dry Stout" and the commercial description starts with "A sweet stout." This little masterpiece of Townshend’s is in my opinion much more of a sweet stout. Pours black with a very debatable tan head, which could be a concern if one’s too worried about appearances. The aroma is dark chocolate with a touch of vanilla and Expresso all the way, A hint of nutiness too, but nothing to worry, never getting leathery. The flavour is fabulous, chocolaty too, very woody, with plums and vanilla to give it the stout flair, and no coffee to spoil the fun. Prefect balance between bitterness, woodiness and sweetness. Medium bodied, velvety on the palate, with a very comfy finish. Guaranteed satisfaction. A sure pick from the shelf.
Brodies_Best (223) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - APR 17, 2012
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2012 On tap, pours dark brown with tan head. Foamy head lasts long and has good lacing. Initial taste is caramel, coffee, biscuit, peanut and is extremely well balanced. Very drinkable and served at the perfect temperature. Great drop. Good work. Better than the last guiness and last Murphys I had recently.
gam (3006) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Biege head semi dark porter tinges of red brown at the edges aroma chocolate coffee a smokeyness liccorice flavour liccorice chocolate okay bitter malt sweetness mild bitter aftertaste is mild not the best
KapitiCritique (345) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - JUN 15, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500 ml bottle
Aroma: slightly malty and yeasty;
Appearance: Looks like a stout, dark brown, not much head though with minimal lacing;
Taste: Not sweet, mildly bitter;
Palate: medium bodied, soft carbonation and quick finish;
Overall: A stout lite?
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 8, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black in colour with thin coffee coloured head. Sweet coffee aroma.Big bitter coffee flavour, smooth mouthfeel with morish dry finish.
SorenE (168) - , NEW ZEALAND - DEC 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
looks like stout, smells like stout, taste like stout. stout for sure! very tasty. more spritzy, fresh and hoppy than a traditional british stout but more mellow that a classic example of an american stout.
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’d had this before, but never got around to rating it. Last night, we served it on handpump as part of the Ruakura Campus Club’s Beer Expo, and for me, it stole the show. Dark and enticing in the glass, with a dense beige head, it certainly looks the part. There’s a big nose of coffee and dark chocolate, and a hint of sweet basil. On the palate, it’s dense, smooth, and creamy, with big mocha notes. This is luxury in a beer. The finish is lingering, with a bitterness that gently coaxes you to drink more. So I did. Several pints more. There’s a little left tonight, I shall return for seconds! I can’t believe this much flavour is packed into 4% abv! I also can’t believe the other low ratings here. This is an amazing beer. I’d suspect if it’s tasted bad that handling was not the best. It’s a real ale, and needs to be treated with care.