Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 17, 2012
Lovely deep brown colour with rosy notes in the base of the glass. A cream coloured head that sits on top of the beer with a bit of assistance by shaking the glass somewhat. Aromas of classic brown malts, biscuit and walnuttiness. The flavour reflects this in a cool, cameo-cream biscuit flavour but without the cream. There’s a curious grape-like acidity to this beer. Pleasant enough and good for session beer, not remarkable though. sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 14, 2011
A very pleasant beer, reminds me of Speight’s Old Dark but with more flavour and a little more clean. Rather fruity with a lot of toffee. Not the best beer I’ve tried but still very nice. KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 16, 2010
500 ml bottle
Aroma: Yeasty dough, a hint of toasted bread.
Appearance: Pours clear dark brown with big head dissipating quickly and leaving a thin lacing.
Taste, A little sour, a touch of the metallic and slightly bitter, a flat sensation.
Palate: Fizzy carbonation, light body, thin texture, short finish.
Overall; No trace of nutty malt, not much trace of any biscuits (’cookies’ in North American parlance) and fruity ale, just not there. I think this is a light beer and not a nut brown anything. I would rate this no higher than a amateurish home brew. I would not have a second. Won’t be buying this again. phaleslu (10895) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2009
Draft at the brewery. Pours a dark amber with an off-white head. Aroma of dark dried fruit, vanilla, brown sugar, cocoa, nuts, and coffee. These all show up in the flavor as well, with a rich roasty character. Sweet and just a little bitter, nice complexity and balance. I liked this one most out of the Founders beers I tried, and I’m not sure if that’s because I have a natural propensity toward brown ales or if it was really the best. Either way, the rating should be higher than it is now. snuffla (176) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 28, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2009 Brown with red highlights and a light foamy head that lasts to the end of the glass. Toast, dark fruit and hints of espresso and chocolate. Taste is milky chocolate, creamy fudge and a smidge of nuttiness. Finishes smooth and rich in the mouth, slightly fruity finish that thins out after a fashion. Fresh from the keg I was really impressed with this beer
DuffMan (10751) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 17, 2009
On tap at the brewery. Deep golden brown with a thick cream coloured head. Aroma of chocolate and toffee. Nice flavours of chocolate and nutty nougat, subtle fruitiness that is hard to characterize. Mild bitterness, medium sweetness, medium bodied. I liked it. nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2009
Draught at Founders Brewery, Nelson. Pours dark amber with a lingering beige head. Aroma and flavour of caramel, nuts, citrus and honey. Smooth mouthfeel with OK bitterness. Demise (57) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 21, 2008
Nothing beats fresh beer. Tasted on site at the Founders Brewery and Cafe, this was an improvement from the first time I tasted the ale from a bottle earlier in the year. Pours an amber-red with a light tan head. Musky coffee, strong malt characters and sweet citrus all on the nose. There is quite a lot going on in the flavour too, with the strong malt bitterness being eased by subtle caramel and vanilla notes. There is an almost artificially sweet fruit flavour of apple, and lightly cinamon spiced character toward the end of the mouthful, but this works well with the ales bitterness for a very smooth flavoured beer. Amazing with Nelson sun beating on ones back. TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 16, 2008
Bottle, pours a lovely mahogany brown with a think foamy light beige head. A good caramal malt aroma, slightly nutty. A smooth and nutty malt palate. Goes a bit "soft" in the swallow, losing a lot of its flavour and its mouthfeel, with the finish being rather thin and bland. Shame. donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 13, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2009 500mL bottle. Pours very dark amber, thin head. Looks almost like a schwarzbier. Hits with a bitter body, no hop flavour, almost no carbonation.
Re- Rated 4/1/09: Draught at the brewery. Pours deep red/brown, off white head. Aromas of apple, chocolate and hops. Tastes bitter initially, fading into some chocolate malt. Quite a robust malt base, coffee flavours are there. Clean slightly astringent finish.