beer-yum (655) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An excellent brew that is a local (antipodean) benchmark. Probably something I’ll be re-rating (on the upside) in the future.
Pdubyah (441) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark chocolate aroma on opening, great look pour with a lovely head, but neither of them made it past a few moments, There is a burst of alcohol that underlies this, and that pushes it to the sour side of balanced against the sweetness. But it is lovely with hints of fruits, toasted malts, and is thoroughly nice drop. cheers.
skortila (4646) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. Aroma has roast, coffee, liquorice. Black coloured beer with a thin off-white head. The taste is bitter, bit sweet, has caramel tones, some chocolate, liquorice, light coffee tones there. Bit yeasty as well. Wasn’t too impressed.
Travlr (13664) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark brown color, brown head. Aroma of boozy coffee. Taste is licorice, toffee, dark cocoa, booze. Not bad.
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
it isn’t awfully complex, pretty much just roasted malts and rich alcohol (which tends to give off dark fruit and wine flavours), but it is still rather pleasant to drink and it has a beautifully smooth palate. so, pretty good.
DylansDad (326) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 24, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’m drinking this while cooking with Mediterranean spices, so I could be off here, but not for the first time I’m getting hints of cardamom sitting just on top of the licorice, which really works (Saudis drink coffee with cardamom, yum). Extra mark for being excellent value for money. A warming beer for a winter evening.
Tonybaldeagle (61) - - JUN 14, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A spectacular beer with smooth chocolate malt flavours in a strong beer that really knows what it's all about.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Oakes (12809) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown, aroma is light fudge, choc, and a bit of fruitiness. Med impy, slight roast, fudgey but also fairly yeasty. Quite light for the style, maybe think of it as "extra stout" and you’ll be happy.
gam (3381) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tan head dark pour soft carbonation aromas liquorice fruit dark plum raisin malt chocolate sweet caramel coffee the flavours sweet caramel raisin liquorice plum rich chocolate like the liquorice taste a lovely mix good medium strong bitter the finish best aftertastes bitter liquorice roasted chocolate well flavoured imperial
maneliquor (3317) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle in NZ. Pours black with a small tan head which quickly disappears. Nose shows light charcoal, heavy mocha tones, very roasty, and a hint of molasses. Taste is rich, roasted coffee, light ash yet balanced. Quite a bit of toasted malts with a creamy, almost cocoa powder feel to it. Quite dry. Solid stuff