lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
i found this nice enough, a bit creamier than most bitters. in fact that mouthfeel really boosts things. else, flavourwise it might be quite similar to what’s expected for a bitter.
beer-yum (1334) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2013 A serviceable session bitter. Nothing outstanding but no glaring faults either. Would be happy to have another.
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
beer engine at Hashigo Zake
- Aroma: pungent barnyard but not unpleasant, rather like new hay, hints of taffy;
- Appearance: light brown, not really clear, good thick head and lasting lacing;
- Taste: slightly bitter;
- Palate: thinish, dry, quick sour finish;
- Overall: nice but not a standout
OStreetBrewery (120) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear deep amber with a creamy ’soft’ head. Aroma features earthy zesty hops, a hint of red apple and a nutty bready note. On the palate there is rich nutty malt, a little like whole grain, a powdery chocolate note, a slight stewed malt character, a touch of astringency leading to a firm bitter finish. Smart ESB, with only perhaps a little bit of malt astringency letting it down.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle 50 cl) Hazy, amber golden with a small, off-white head. Lovely nutty aroma. Medium body, a little low in carbonation with a soft and smooth mouthfeel. Lightly sweet caramel, nuts and plenty of fruit accents, The finish is lightly bitter. A lovely ESB. 300108
bozoNZ (758) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle. Poured a nice amber/copper, lovely aged characters in the aroma - faint wood with caramel & toffee. Nice broad malt base, crisp, nuttiness with a soft drying finish if a little on the sweeter side. Nice beer.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted 08/01/2007. 500ml bottle, couriered from the brewery. Reddish copper, bright, with an off-white head that laces better than it stands. The nose shows off caramel, toffee, sweet tea, a little dark dried fruit and late arrival of floral esters. Very nice. Sweet in the mouth with caramel dominating but a little nuttiness showing through too. Very firm bitterness - quite herbal in flavour, almost medicinal when mixed with the strong lingering malt sweetness. Another nice Townshend beer but I’d like to see the sweetness cut back a shade, to let malt and hop flavours shine through a little more.