beer4eternity (212) - Tauranga, - NOV 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml, (229mm tall) bottle. Dark brown hue with a rich deep ruby tint, small beige foamy head quickly diminishes to a thin coffee crema ring. Delicious coffee, cocoa powder, milk chocolate nose with a hint of shea butter and nuttiness. Roasted, toasted almost burnt malt aromas come along with the flavour. Taste is an appealing medium sweet with a moderate to long duration, with subtle but noticeable sourness. Medium body, soft carbonation, lightly oily velvety texture, and a dry slightly astringent finish. Yom yom. Possibly the beer that got me into the world of craft beer 10 years ago when I had it at the brewery. Thanks to Sue for supplying the Wanaka Beerworks trifecta for a pleasant reminiscent walk down memory lane.
joe19612 (2366) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a dark ruby colour with a hint of red, aroma is malt and chocolate, taste is roasted malt with a dry finish.
skortila (5002) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. Aroma has caramel, roast, some hops. Clear, dark coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is toasty, mild, has a little coffee and chocolate, some grassy hops.
chinchill (3588) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle with 5.0% ABV -- BB March 2014
Pours clear, dark reddish brown with a good head.
Feel: a bit too thin but nicely smooth, with soft, medium carbonation.
Aroma: caramel and dark roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate.
Flavor: good balance; slightly sweet; nice roasted finish.
O: easy drinking, lighter Black ale that smells great.
Cantabrian (964) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark ruby, not black, with a thin dark beije head that disappears in a minute. Very weak aroma of bitter chocolates and roast malts, with some fruity tone hidden in there. Although the beer is water-thin, which is perhaps it’s worst sin, the flavours are nice, with chocolate, roast malts, some sour note that reminds me os a watery Murphy’s. The finish is pleasant, with a rather meaningful citrusy presence. Not sure why it is stylised as a Schwarzbier, as the label clearly states "Dark Ale". But then, the manufacturer’s website now refers to it as a "Bohemian-style Black Beer", of which I cannot think that it could be possibly referring to a region - because it does not taste as such black beers from Bohemia - but perhaps it’s more of a Bohemian as a lifestyle. For me, this is an obvious, nice, thin Porter.
Brodies_Best (265) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 27, 2012
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
330 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with little head. Aroma of malt and alcohol. Taste is slightly acidic, not much flavour but has a nice dark chocolate aftertaste.
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle thanks to dlau. Pours a very dark brown with a smallish tan coloured head. Aromas of roasted grain and a little light bitter chocolate. Some alcohol as well. Flavour is dominated by the roasted grain. A little thin.
Ungstrup (32165) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. A dark brown beer with a thin brown head. The aroma has notes of caramel, malt, and nuts, as well as a lighter note of roasted malt. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of caramel, combined with medium notes of sweet malt, and lighter notes of roasted malt, and metal.
mkel07 (4664) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 30, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
330ml bottle. Looks good when poured but it didn’t really produce the goods overall when it came to enjoyability. Deep and bold black with a crisp crackling tan head and a smoky burnt wood aroma. Good mouthfeel with a well balanced flavour and a burnt smoky aftertaste.
hawthorne00 (3164) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 11C. Dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma has light roasted malt, lager sourness, chocolate, a little grass. Tastes of Coke-like caramel, chocolate and mild roasted malt. Mild roasted dry finish. A Schwarzbier from central casting but not very exciting for me. Good to see the Kiwi basketball team gets a beer, though.