davidm (1979) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Surprising. Aromas of apple, and grain. Taste is sweet and sour, with average duration. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Dark brown, with a head that doesn’t last.
hawthorne00 (2826) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2014 [12/09] This is down near the Brown Ale/ Porter border. Numbered bottle (406)! Pours black, dense beige head. Subtle aroma: chocolate, orchard flowers. Chocolatey with some sourness but no bite from (I guess) the apples. Creamy mouthfeel, cleaned up at the end by sourness and gentle hops reminiscent of a dark lager. If this were more assertive it would be kind of a mess, but it’s quite mild in both flavour and aroma and that restraint pays off. Original and good. [3.8]
[9/10] Bottle. Dark brown with a lasting beige head. Chocolate, coffee and apple blossoms - although once you know there’s apple juice in there it smells more of fresh juice. Mild roast, chocolate and just-sour apple taste with nice balancing earth/grass hop bitterness that lingers. It’s curious (and good) that the apples have a tenor-note sourness rather than an overt tartness. A very intriguing drop. [3.8]
[2/11] Bottle. Older or a different batch? In this one the tart apples have taken over and there’s just a hint of chocolate and roast under real and slightly funky sourness. More spice than grass in the finish, too. Interesting, but not much like a porter at all this time.
[7/14] Seems settled as a deliberately sour beer now - nothing porter-like about it. No separate apple flavours either. Usually very good, always interesting.
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wow pours very dark brown, essentially black with a nice creamy tan head. Retention is great, best of any local i’ve had in ages! Nose is quite peculiar, dark roasted malt with a juicy acidity, no doubt from both malt & apple juice. Palate translates well, very juicy apple notes on the mid palate before dark malt brings a touch of roast but not a whole heap of flavour. Overall everything seems to be a tiny bit muted, or maybe just subtle...? Carbonation is relatively lively which makes it a little creamy. Overall a pretty weird beer, creamy & juicy feel...? But certainly well made & rather enjoyable. Will definitely have again & recommend!
BarossaLuke (547) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 7, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Lovely dark/black colour with a tan head. Dry roasty aromas that follow through on the palate. Could use a little more crystal malt sweetness to balance the roastiness which is quite strong and lends a little to much bitterness for me. But in saying that, this is a good dark ale that I would drink again.
UnholyBrewing (595) - Central Florida(Upper Hell), Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2009
2.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
...bottle. Poured a nice dark, murky brown, with a decent chocolate head. Very flavorful, with loads of roasted malt, fruit, and sediment. Looked great in the glass, with visible chunks. Dark fruits complement the roasted notes. Finished with more dark fruit, and roasted notes. I liked this one.
gam (3600) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Milk chocolate coloured head with good carbonation very dark beer,cannot see through.Aroma coffee chocolate caramel fruit malt.Flavour apple juice chocolate caramel,has vinous taste sour too much apple juice kills the other flavours,the initial taste is bad but once it settles it,s okay and that is how the finish is.
Lunkie (1565) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Fruit malt hop aroma with cherry. Dark brown colour with fair head and lacing. Sweet malt cherry flavour. Fizzy palate.
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle (330ml). Poured opaque with a dense frothy, off-white head which was average lasing. Aroma was of apple juice and prune juice, pears, raisin bread and some chocolate malts hiding beneath. Flavor was a pleasant light acidic bitterness with some grape skins, sour apples, raisin bread, prunes and a dry tart finish. Medium bodied with lively carbonation, quite dry mouthfeel, watery texture and an ok finish.
jkm (235) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown/orange in colour with a thin long lasting off-white head. Good lacing. Low carbonation and medium bodied. Nice coffee and malt flavours with a sweet, dry and slightly bitter finish. 330ml brown bottle.
DuffMan (7999) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another awesome Tassie craft brewer whose products were happily available nearly everywhere we stopped on our Tassie journey. This beer in particular seemed popular in several of the more upscale restaurants we ate at. I happened to have mine on tap in an english pub on wellington street in Hobart, but had it in bottle as well afterward. It pours a dark rootbeer brown, slightly hazy with a thin dense off-white head generating scanty lace. On tap this was VERY chocolatey, but less so from the bottle, and both had a pleasant figgy fruit note in the finish (I didn’t get the apple juice thing that other raters have experienced-- maybe they fixed the recipe?). Medium bodied-- a terrific porter.