kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From (rusty) memory....BrewNZ 2005 with my mate Greig, i’d just got back to NZ after working at Fullers Brewery and drinking many many pints of ESB so was pleasantly surprised to find this little well made gem. From chatting to the guys at the tuatara stand i found out that it’s main success was due to the use of Fullers yeast harvested and cultured from a bottle of 1845! i found it to be a really good approximation of the style.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 9, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted 06/08/2005. 330ml bottle from BrewNZ.
Red amber with a diminishing white head that ends up very lacey. Balanced malt and hop nose: maris otter sweet graininess with a woody, slightly vinous aspect. Good balance again the the flavour, though tending towards the high end of the bitterness. Sweet malt, some roasty flavours and a strong woody hop flavour. Some alcoholic warmth is noted but only a little. A piney hop character is not quite right for the style. Mouthfeel is a little lightweight, carbonation a touch too high and the palate is left a little prickly from the strength of the hops. A slight tweak here or there could make this a very good ale.