Skarecrow (749) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 24, 2017 buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, - APR 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This has been a favourite of mine for a few years, so as soon as the 2012 vintage hit the shelves I grabbed some bottles. This is from tasting the new, young ale; I’ll likely re-rate in 3 - 6 months time as past experience has shown this ages wonderfully.
Deep chestnut colour, big bilowy brown head. Lots of roasted nut aromas, and a strong tang of almost medicinal alcohol. There’s something else there, almost a bit of burnt rubber? Not unpleasant, but a bit rough. Smoothly sweet on the tongue, a sour note rolling underneath. The malt comes through rich and chocolatey.
Overall, not as spicy or lush as I remember last year’s vintage being. I’m going to put this down to the age of this batch for now, but I’m not enjoying this as much as I might’ve hoped. Fresh is not always best!
500ml 2017 vintage
Dark brown/black with OK head.
Aroma is spice/brown sugar.
Sweet palate with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and raisin and a smooth finish.
I’d best describe this one as Liquid Hot-cross Bun.
Vannerator (23) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 16, 2015
2014 vintage. Pours deep dark ruby red, almost opaque, with thin off-white head. Aromas hit immediately of sweet cola, carrot, juicy raisin and nutmeg/cinnamon spiciness. Flavour is very similar, with distinctive cola aspects, something I’ve never tasted in a beer before, but it works splendidly. Like the description says, very reminiscent of hot-cross buns. Mildly bitter aftertaste with cola coming through again. Delicious, will definitely be drinking again! DylansDad (642) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 8, 2013
Aroma, first hit was like a long-forgotten chewy, orange-flavoured sweet from childhood. Put me off a bit, it was so sugary. Then the spices came on, like they say, hot cross buns, cola, cinnamon, nutmeg, some vegetal I can’t put my finger on. Taste is same. Full mouthfeel, now with raisins and christmas flavours. Very cola-like finish. Much more enjoyable than I expected. floydian1 (1465) - FNQ, Australia, - MAY 2, 2013
500ml bottle (2012 vintage). Appears hazy deep brown with reddish highlights and a firm cream-white head. Aroma is spicy with notes of cinnamon, cloves, orange peel and raisins on top of dark chocolate malts and alcohol. Palate is smooth and rich with the complex flavours of the nose coming through nicely before a dry spicy bitter finish. Body is fullish with a just right carbonation. A superior strong spiced ale from this admirable Kiwi brewery. ShaneJ (896) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2013
Bottle from Slowbeer. Dark brown, aroma of cola, dried fruits, caramel. Light sweetness, taste of spices and cola with slightly harsh bitterness. Not one of my favourites.
davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle from bottleshop in Dunedin. Aromas of cola, caramel, dark fruit. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Dark brown, with a thin head. alexhenderson (12) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2012
2012 Vintage: Dark, slightly hazy color with a fairly dense head that slowly fades. Sparse lacing. Toffee and gingerbread aromas and complex quad-like malt driven flavour and silky thick mouthfeel
-Rated via BeerBuddy omega (900) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 18, 2012
After cleaning my computer screen and changing my pants due to this bottle exploding when opened I finally get to rate this beer.
Over carbonated. Nice spicy nose and deep rich colour. Never been a big fan of the flavour profile though, hence the poor rating here.
Did I mention over carbonated and the bottle exploding? Never going to get a good rating after this. Rangi (672) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 11, 2012
Nice amount of head and good retention, amber brown poor. Really nice drop. Pleasant amount of spicy without being over the top. Will be trying again.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2012
What a great beer! As the cold winter sets in, my stock of this beer has increased. To put it simply, this is like drinking a hot crossed bun or raisin toast. A fantastic winter spiced ale that ages very well.