varanid99 (431) - 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 (1197) - 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 (439) - 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 (3315) - 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 (83) - 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 (2281) - 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!
HighWine (942) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle that I’m finally getting around to drinking almost two years later. Been refrigerated and tonight I’m drinkingmitnfrom a Nonic pint glass. Mahogany wood co,or pour with red hues. Dense beige head, about a half finger’s width. Aroma is roasted coffee beans with hop aromatics. The liquid fizzed like a cola when I poured it into the glass. Taste is moderately sweet roast and drinks a lot like iced coffee. Very creamy flavor and mouthfeel. Even after all this time, this brew is quite good. Understandably the hop flavors are somewhat vegetal but the dark oast provides enough bitterness in their place. I’m not sure what this tasted like fresh, but I can tell you it’s drinking great now.
Inbreak (1533) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - SEP 11, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 22.06.2013, 0,35l bottle sampled @ The Festival Portland Maine:
Small shortlasting head. Aroma is unripe banana, dark malts, grass, dark sugar, coffee, dark fruits. Taste is slightly sour-ish, dark malts, sour coffee, grass, bitter chocolate, sorrel, oak. Medium bitterness, dry mouthfeel, overcarbonated. Next!
kerrmatt (22) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Explosive, intense head taking most of the glass. Surprising. Very dark brown black colour, beige head fading quite quick when compared to its burst out of the bottle. Aroma of more hops than expected, pleasant for a stout(ish) brew but not too much to write home about. Flavours with lots of coffee, bitter sweet chocolate, some hops and hop bitterness. Possibly an older bottle here, a bit of copper rusty flavours coming through which added unbalanced bitterness. Rated generously considering this, may need a shorter expiry. Very enjoyable beer nonetheless.
kcorum10 (320) - Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This pours a black color with tan head. This beer isn’t bad for the style. Has a nice roasted body with slight bitter, hoppy finish.