DuffMan (6555) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep copper amber with a finely bubbled big ochre head that leaves some decent lace early on. Very fruity aroma that brings to mind caramel apples. Flavours of toasty toffee and fruit (apples, quince), with a subtle nuttiness that creeps in as the beer stands for a while. Not especially bitter. Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy. I really lked it.
skortila (4436) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 18, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught @ The Free House, Nelson. The aroma is just light hoppy, bit malty. Clear, amber coloured with a slight off-white head. The taste is slightly toasted, has some hoppiness, citrus, quite clean.
kiwianer (3319) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The head is good, the body red-brown. It smells maltaromatic, sweet, malty. The taste is malty, sweet, grain, bit hoppy, In the aftertaste bit sour-sweet.
gam (3183) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep amber pour strong carbonation aroma fruit caramel woodynesss flavour caramel woody taste citrus solid bitter pear apricot finish good bitter plenty of fruit aftertaste
mkel07 (3142) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Solid looking in the glass with rich malty aromas that bounce up into your face. Deep light tan head that looks majestic atop a lightly copper coloured base. Strong malt flavour with some sweet flavours that hit the back of the mouth. Overall very good.
TimE (3109) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper color. Earthy, malty. Decent backbone with some soft hops. Nice, but not
setting the world
hawthorne00 (2377) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2014 Bottle. Cloudy dull amber with a coat of off-white head. Fruity aroma with apples, pears, oranges and a little toffee. Lovely soft mouthfeel. Taste is strongly malty with sweet - and slightly buttery - toffee and fruit before a decent whack of slightly spicy bitterness. The finish doesn’t emerge seamlessly - there’s a bit of a lurch. [3.2]
New look bottle, 5.3% ABV. Pours bright this time. Aroma is fruity but subdued (-1), taste is a little cleaner and less butterscotchy (+1). Firm bitterness. No great magic to it, but a pretty solid strongish bitter.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 5, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. A good looking ESB - dark amber with a large foamy head. Juicy and floral malt on the nose. Some astringency on the palate, which sharpens up the malt. There is a creaminess though, along with floral flavours. I’m not typically a fan of ESBs, but this is pretty good.
Jimthechap (1571) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted on tap at Pommeroy’s, handpull.
Warm nutty brown-amber in colour under a tight white collar of head that lasted to the bottom of the glass. Good malt driven aroma of thick brown sugar, walnuts and malt biscuits. Similar flavours upon tasting, sweet and full with lots of body but not a great deal of bitterness. I did like this beer and my offsider and I went back for seconds, but sadly it sent my blood-sugar through the roof.
Probably worth it though.
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - DEC 25, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on cask at albar, dunedin. brown/amber/copper. poured through sparkler. very doughy aroma, only faint amount of kiwi hops coming through. nicely integrated flavours. thick fruitcakeyness, round malty sweetness with some orangey hops, lingering malty biscuitty finish. quite well balanced and english tasting, but short of spectacular.