DuffMan (7228) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a beautiful deep copper amber with a robust foamy ecru head that generates early lacy fingers. Very toasty nose. For the record, I get nothing of burnt malt or coffee at all. The palate similarly is toasty malt with elements of burnt sugar and dates. Finish is dry with mild bitterness. I really thought it was an excellent dunkel. My wife and I enjoyed it with fresh NZ lamb sausages and kumara mash. Fantastic!
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught. Pours dark brown with a small white head. Aroma of roasted malt, burnt sugar and chocolate. Same flavour...the roasted malt is quite harsh in the mouthfeel and somewhat astringent. Dry and bitter finish. Would like to try this again as I was let down by the initial tasting.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pouring a dark brown with reddish hints and a large foamy beige head. A good roasted malt aroma with lots of coffee. The malt is pretty smooth on the palate, and the coffee flavour not as strong as hinted at in the aroma. Is pretty light for 5.2% and very quaffable. Agree with Papsoe, this is a pretty good Schwarzbier.
Papsoe (25076) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle 50 cl) Clear, dark brown with an orange hue and a creamy, beige head. Very roasted - almost burned - aroma. Medium body with fairly burned malt accents leaving a malt bitter finish. Closer to a Schwarzbier actually. 040208
Plimmer (252) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown and almost opaque body with light brown dense head. Malt, licorice and coffee in aroma. Sweet malty taste with nice bitter aftertaste.
bozoNZ (724) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 12, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice choc/red colouring. Solid head that clings all the way through. Dusty nose, slightly toasty with grain too. Nutty, dry palate with hints of coffee & dark chocolate. I imagine it would change significantly as it warms.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUL 31, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting label with a jolly aviator there, having absolutely no connection with the beer as far as I can discern. This is a malty sweet style of dunkel with toffee and hazelnuttiness and a muted hop presence. It drinks pretty well and certainly caals for another
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 17, 2006
2.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark brown/black in colour with huge toffee coloured head, little aroma, biscuit malt taste. no bitterness. possibybest of Wigram range.
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby liquor topped with a fluffy white head. Nose is malty and has a hint of cinnamon. Light body, toasty with bitter notes of coffee and burnt malt.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 11, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2006 Re-tasted 27/10/2006 at the brewery, and at The Twisted Hop. Nice mild roast malt aroma and flavour. Sorted out that carbonation issue that the beers used to have and there’s some lovely clean grainy malt to savour. Very nice. Seems far more sessional than it ought to be at over 5%.
Tasted 06/09/2005. 500ml bottle, nicely labelled. Very dark red, virtually black. tight,light-tan head is nicely velvety. Big bubbles coming up from the bottom lmost stop me giving this a good mark but in the end I sway back to it. Lovely toasty, nutty, aroma up front becomes a subtle chocolatey coffee nose later. Subtle but delicious nose. It’s not great from here on in though - roasty malt and high level of carbonation lead to a fairly bland, dry and bitter, flavour that doesn’t give out what it appeared to promise early on. Bubbly, tingly, lightweight mouthfeel Disappointing, in the end.
20c back for dropping the bottle into the brewery - an extra point.