LesArgen (172) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma has an intoxicating blend of chocolate, coffee, cherry, spice and even a little brine. The first taste is brilliant as the palate comes across all creamy until it suddenly dissipates alarmingly. The chocolate malt gives way to citrus and salty brine. Bit of an odd one that reminds me of the Bellarine Mussel Stout.
radarsock (621) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 FL OZ bottle purchased from New England Wine & Spirits for $7. To undersized snifter, it pours a richly deep sienna with an explosive fluffy burnt vanilla buff head 2 to 3 fingers in length. Aromas of fudge, toffee, spelt, salted caramel, hazelnuts, earth, and dates. Tastes the same with the addition of Oceanic hops, London yeast, and unripe clementine by swallow. I’d like it more had this not been so eruptive; half the liquid vanished before my very eyes.
brystmar (971) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy brown-black body, off-white head. Still burns my mouth with carb even an hour after opening. Honestly smells great! Tastes like carb. Tries to be roasty but the carb intrudes. Meh.
StevieT (198) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity aroma, very smooth with mild coffee and caramel flavours. A great beer that is worth the effort.
varanid99 (337) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a lingering pale brown head. Roasty, coffee, raisin and pine aroma. Slightly bitter up front then like a coffee and a steak all in one glass. finishes with a light coffee bitterness at the end. Cracker.
Sevenlee (1054) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - OCT 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours totally black with a beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, roasted notes, fruit like orange and hops. Taste is light to medium sweet leading to a fruity and roasty finish. Decent stuff
Jado (385) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep solid black with a tight coffee-coloured head. Aromas of black coffee, cocoa, smoke, light pine and dried fruit (sultanas and raisins). Taste starts off with some pine resin bitterness, before giving way to dark roast malt, more black coffee and rich dark chocolate. Softens at the end to a fruity finish with just a hint of minerality. Lingering finish with a coffee aftertaste. Really big flavours - like this a lot.
kiwianer (2904) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The head is good, the body is dark black. It smells roasty, coffe, aromatic. The taste is darkmalty, bit stony, darkmalty, coffee, roasty. I like this one!
Chrishrt30 (55) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours like flat coca cola, with very little head.
Aroma is fantastic, part porter part IPA. Rich yeasts and malts, raisins, plum and maple syrup. Hops play a decent role too, a little floral and citrus.
The taste is very porter like, bitter malts and dark chocolate. The rum soaked fruit cake comes through, but with just a touch of hop resin and citrus.
The finish is nice and smooth, a little lactic, great malt and hop bitterness finish.
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ALLOVATE (2221) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught @ Sail & Anchor ‘Hey Brew 2’ New Zealand Craft Brew Week, Fremantle.
The only dark beer available amongst a plethora of pale ales. Cola brown and dazzling with ruby highlights. Tight, compact beige head of foam holds for the length. Complex malt and hop nose – mocha, dark chocolate, salted caramel and brown sugar, ash, rust and charred wood with a piney, resinous, fresh hop edge. Drier than the aroma suggests. Dusty, smoky, burnt malt and bitter chocolate finish. Good length. Resinous hops again leaning heavily towards pine-needles but it is the malt that dominates. A good lot of mocha throughout with just a hint of raisin and muscatel. Medium, sprightly carbonation and light in body. Easy drinking would be an understatement. A delicious brew!