OStreetBrewery (120) - Wellington, - DEC 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An awesome suped up ESB. Pours an awesome copper amber with a thick white head. A gloriously intergrated fruity aroma of citrus esters, tangy and piny hop and caramel malt gives way to a fruity rounded palate with some nice malt complexity and a firm lasting bitter finish. All and all a much more interesting proposition than last years vintage.
mkel07 (5098) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle. A deep hazy caramel colour with a light sand coloured head that is full but settles quickly. The aroma is all butterscotch and caramel fudge, strong and sweet. Full in the mouth with warming chewy caramel malt flavour and a long lasting aftertaste that stays with you for a while. The flavour is full on and this is one seriously good beer and well worth the $25.00. Finishes with a tarty bite and hops and malt flavour goes on and on. Simple yet elegant black and white label.
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark copper with small cream coloured head. Lots of malt coming through in the nose dominated by sweet caramel. Some light sweet citrus in supportas the beer warms a little. Flavours are very full and sweet. Lingering toffee sweetness on the finish.
mgbridges (15) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent malt-driven beer, definitely English in heritage. Slight sweetness, balanced with hints of bitter orange marmalade. Long finish.
snuffla (158) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel and pepper aroma with a suggestion of citrus. Like a thick slab of toffee thats been judiciously spiced from the pepper grinder and then left in an orange grove for a while.
Autumn auburn in the glass - nice slightly off white head that persists with some legs down the side of my pint glass.
Some toasted malt notes to taste with the same peppery spice and orange. Reminds me a little bit of a decent marmalade, probably from Dundee, or with some Dundee heritage going on. Certainly a Scottish marmalade. Thereís a nice oily mouthfeel to the finish and a faint viscosity.
So, i had this one when it came out and wasnít a huge fan, but 4 months later Iím really enjoying this one. Fresh isnít best it would seem
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large head creamy colour misty rich copper colour pour mild carbonation aroma very fruity caramel nutty earthy grassy flavour sharp fruity hop tastes english style hops more like marmalades or conserves on the palates good bitter grapefruit orange apricot as well sweet malt taste toffee aftertaste is very fruity marmalade conserve like mild bitter
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark red in colour, toffee coloured head. Yeastie/bread aroma, hint of rasin. Smooth velvet mouthfeel. rasin flavours with spritzy aftertaste.
grapengrain (124) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Delicious! Deep copper hue with caramel, nutty and slight espresso malty notes cut against by clean hop bitterness.