DeliriumT (545) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 4, 2017
This beautiful hoppy brown ale pours almost jet black. The aroma is a stunning combination of treacle, ash, toffee and floral hops. The flavour is a slightly subdued version of the aroma. Improves as it warms slightly.
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500ml bottle (was a bit past the best before but still plenty of hop character so probably ok). Pours very dark brown. Pine, grapefruit, orange pith, lots of walnuts and hazelnuts in the flavour. Full body. Very nice. StevieT (2039) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 5, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2016 From a bottle. Quite a lot of rich spicy malt flavours like a whiskey, heaps of fruity hops, very tasty. mkel07 (6575) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2016
Bottle from The Wine Emporium 160716. This is a brown ale on steroids and fills the nose with chocolate and cocoa aromas with some vanilla thrown into the mix. Cola brown colour with reddish flecks speckled throughout. Coffee coloured head that slowly settles. Lively in the mouth and the first thing that you notice is a big hit of alcohol in the first mouthful followed by a bitter burnt toast flavour. There is a long bitter aftertaste and also a big hit of hops. Skarecrow (1113) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 13, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2016 500ml bottle BB 13/8/2016 so getting towards end date.
Fruity malty aroma.
Poured lovely dark brown with cream head.
Medium bitterness was followed by a mild body and a slight hoppy finish.
There was also the hint of oxidation that was to be expected given it’s age.
I’ve had a lot of other beers recently which have still had at least another 6 months on the clock and tasted of damp cardboard so this was a pleasant surprise.
I must say I did expect a bit more in the taste/palate but over all ok and perfectly drinkable.
Davros (3362) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2016
Pours brown with a large head.
Nose shows spicy and herbal hops, some nutty and bready malt.
Flavours include more of the spicy and herbal hops, some resinous notes and a little toasty malt. GlennHendry (546) - OSHAWA, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2016
Smells of brown sugar and pine. Taste is toffee malts and light citrus, with some sort of piney/grassy/spicy thing going on as well. Tough one for me and this seems a very adventurous beer. I liked it a lot. floydian1 (1525) - FNQ, Australia, - DEC 23, 2015
500ml bottle with best before date of 29/6/16. Opaque dark brown with a fluffy stable tan head. Nose has toasty caramel malts, brown sugar, pungent pine needles and a whiff of smoky bacon. Taste is sweet and malty at first before a prominent resinous dry hop finish and a hint of peppers. Palate is fullish and sticky with a medium carbonation. A ramped up hoppy brown ale. beer-yum (2005) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 4, 2015
Alluring citrus pine aroma in a dark red-brown pour. Taste is lighter than expected (from color and strength) but nicely balanced with a clean finish. waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 1, 2015
500ml bottle that poured very dark brown & frothy the aroma is very fragrant fruit malt hops & pine the taste is spicy peppery bitter very fruity even a tad sour loads of hops in there great blend with a decent kick