Beersiveknown (4987) - 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.
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?
Tonybaldeagle (61) - - JUN 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A complex mix of fruity sweet & sour with bite combined in a smooth brew that really delivers a patriotic blend.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
douglas88 (8177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle brought from NZ by Andrew, thanks a ton man for lugging this around the world! Pours a cloudy amber color with a thick head. A very unusual aroma; quite pleasing though, I suspect the manuka is quite strong in the nose. The taste was full of easgoing and tasty tea notes, sweet spruce and light smoke, a huge tea aspect. This was a real find, very interesting. I suspect that it is a kind of novelty beer, but it should be appreciated in its own right. Seven AM with some toast, this would be great.
DuffMan (9283) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep tea-coloured amber with an orange-tinted head. Very intriguing aroma-- my wife says it smells like homemade ginger cake! Molasses, ginger, allspice are all there. Treacle sweetness with loads of spiciness and a dry medicinal finish. Both of us thought this was delicious.
Rangi (670) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really enjoyed this beer as something new and different. It was a subtle beer with some very nice flavours of rumu and manuka but nothing to over the top.
Pdubyah (614) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I ended up liking this more than I should. It’s really a palate shocker. Pine spruce, short delivery, but sweet of honey and a finish of smoked something or other. Great persistent head and a lacing to die for. But! it’s a beer that you’d tire of in a hurry it’s just too sweet to the detriment of anything else that is in this, and that a shame. As a Spice beer this is pretty good. As a beer that you get for sailing half way around the world....... no so much
Oakes (15325) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - 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.
gegwilson (3038) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesey of Kate P. A deep chestnut coloured ale with a cream coloured head. Lots of resinours pine aromas and flavours. There’s some caramel in there too. Has an interesting aftertaste that isn’t great. Not bad overall.
Jimthechap (2064) - 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.