ShaneJ (421) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Tuatara brewery. Darkest brown with reddish tinges, chocolate, coffee, toast, earthy hops, a bit woody/oaky even, light body (for a stout), very enjoyable though. And loved the bottle.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Malthouse. Dark maroon color, beige head. Aroma of coffee grounds and fresh fruit, sort of like a bright Ethiopian coffee. Taste is roasty and fruity. Nice.
Cantabrian (763) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 1, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A friend who occasionally drinks a stout said drinking this beer was like watching an Austin Powers movie dubbed into German: you know it’s perfectly well-done, the movements of the actors’ lips seem to be actually speaking German... but it just feels wrong, corrupted. I must agree, as these excessively spiced porters/stouts do not make my day. As this was served just below the lowest temperature limit, there’s little I can say about the aroma. Flavours were just too hoppy, peppery, with little chocolate or malts to surface under the smothering herbs. Lemon grass tea, grapefruits and lemons seem to be out of place, in a rather thin bodied, spetacularly black beer. Hate to rate it lower, but not my favourite among so many of other wonderful Tuatara beers. The bottle is pretty damn awesome though..
omega (642) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nicely balanced beer that is soft and velvety on the palate. Not overtly viscous. Lasting finish is of roasted malts and once again is quite a clean beer from Tuatara. Very drinkable and hides the 7% very well, but I would also say that I though it lacked a twist to make it standout which is why all the parts scored well but the overall score was lower.
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid dark beer. I agree with below, it is really a porter, but other than that it is a really enjoyable and drinkable beer. Nice flavours and lovely balance, just could be a little more unctuous! Nice to see Tuatara venturing out.
Jimthechap (1492) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Colour is a funny thing when reviewing stouts. Somehow just writing that it is black sells the beer short because it seldom, if ever, is so black that it cannot show some vestige of colour. This particular beer has a definite tawny hue in the dimple of the glass, but in terms of depth, it is fairly dark... just not entirely dark. There is the making of a mocha coloured head that now (halfway through my glass) is a smattering of lace and a crescent moon clinging to the top. A sniff reveals rather incongruous tropical fruits, lemon flesh and a dusting of cocoa. This seems rather vigorously hopped with aroma hops for a stout, which isn’t a bad thing at all. A taste reveals that fruitiness and a slightly piquant mouthfeel. Then out comes the typical stouty charriness and gentle pinching bitterness at the sides of my tongue. It then lengthens into astringency. I have only one issue, and it isn’t really a complaint: it doesn’t have a thick body, why is it not Porter?
This is a minor query for what is a rather tasty beer.