Oakes (10941) - Savusavu, FIJI ISLANDS - MAY 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber and hazy. Aroma is sprucey and molassesy aroma. Sweet and molasses, with spruce character, soft body and a sweet finish.
Beersiveknown (1622) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Barry’s Bay Cheese Co., Akaroa, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch
Ruby brown with fluffy white head. Spicy nutmeg and honey notes with spicy dry malts. White pepper, light carbonation and sweet honey caramel finish. More sprue appears on warming. May not be for everyone but I enjoyed it, reminds me of Nollaig by Williams bros.
Jimthechap (1195) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 31, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep amber under a beige head with evident carbonation. The aroma of manuka wafts to the nostrils before nosing. Lovely, peppery, honey spiciness. You could attempt to replicate this aroma by raiding the spice cupboard in the kitchen, but the smell of rimu chips would be difficult to do. A little sweet initially and very full mouthfeel. Those same spruce flavours dominate and are quite lovely. The body is a wee bit thin. I feel that this beer needs to bit full and chewy, but otherwise a lovely drop.
KapitiCritique (324) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - JUL 26, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
500 ml bottle
Aroma: smells like lemon salt with a touch of vinegar;
Appearance. copperish and hazy, thick head and good lacing;
Taste: tepid, a little sour and salt but very little to remark upon.;
Palate: light bodied, almost no carbonation, thin texture;
Overall: Interesting nose but not a beer I would buy again.
Ungstrup (26267) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. A dark amber beer with a lazing beige head. The aroma is very spicy with notes of spruce needles as well as tea. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, malt, tea, and spruce needles, leading to a bitter finish. The body is a bit light.
beerequalizer (22) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2010 Interesting one this... Like a trip back in time... Like the concept, don’t mind the beer, and well done to the boys at Wigram for trying something different. sdriessen... you tell me if you like it. Judging by your score of 10/20, obviously not. donfardz, 7/20? Really?
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 28, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bizarre aromas of wood and honey. Kind of forest-like. Some grassiness. Are there any hops in this one? Spices... WHat.
Flavours are more wierd. Medicinal... Vegetables, wood, honey, Chocolate malt, something like chai tea. Do I like this? How do I rate it? Who am I?
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 4, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a golden brown with smallish creanmy coloured head. Aromas of ginger ale and not much else. Flavours a pretty much the same. Given that I like ginger ale it is OK but not something I would get again.
bluevegie (3004) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Browny amber body with short lasting head. Can smell the tea tree and maybe the spruce. Tasted a bit like ginger to me and I couldn’t really get past that, medium carbonation, inoffensive and lacking any real character for me.
Muggus69 (885) - Newcastle, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 30, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber body, small offwhite foam.
Earthy aroma; pepper, pot pouri, rosemary-like herbaceousness and leafiness, distinctly wood-like; really feels like i’m in the bush. Some rich caramel malt lingers in the background.
Carbonation is quite low, texture is somewhat thick, sticky, syrup-like yet balanced with leafy astrigency.
Rich toffee/treacle-like maltiness, lots of sweetness. Really earthy spiciness; eucalyptus leaf, white pepper, cinamon and rosemary, woody but not in an oaky or pine-like way, more like picking a dry stick off the ground and taking a bite. Somewhat balanced finish without a great deal of proper bitterness.
This sure is an odd one, but it seems to work. Probably a bit heavy going to be sessionable, but the flavours are enjoyable and intriguing.