DylansDad (671) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 18, 2015 Demise (57) - Wellington, - FEB 19, 2009
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a very dark brown with an explosive tan head which quickly dissolves. aromas consist of roast malt, dark chocolate and caramel, but nothing is very strong. A strong roast malt flavour however, which turns into an almost burned flavour. Subtle dark chocolate and grain also present with burnt malt and a smokey flavour on the finish. Lacking in sweetness which is unfortunate. It has a lovely feel on the palate with the grain inclusion, but the beer is very carbonated which makes it hard to enjoy the stout.
Starts quite boring: all the flavours are SO restrained and the body is quite thin. But there is just enough green plum twang at the sides of your mouth and the ABV is low enough that it becomes very easy to drink, and quite enjoyable despite its lack of character. Travlr (26430) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2015
From notes. Bottled. Dark maroon color, tan head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Taste has cocoa, espresso, dry finish. OK. heyden (138) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 14, 2015
Medium black body, thin lacing. Roasted dark malt nose. Clean and crisp to taste. Nicely hopped. Not too viscous, less hearty than a lot of other stouts. Clean short finish. Very moreish! waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 10, 2014
500ml bottle pours deep black with a brief head, aroma is roasted coffee & toast, flavours are similar along with hints of chocolate & malt, all leading to mildly bitter tasty finish GoufCustom (2257) - HONG KONG - JUL 16, 2014
sm89walt (2082) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2013
330ml bottle bought at Great Food Hall in Pacific Place, Admiralty during the ‘New Zealand food festival’ promotion.
Clear deep blackish brown colour with no yeast sediments; Razor-thin head with residual soapy beige foam which fades in 5 seconds; Small sticky lacing and noatable slight carbonation; Quite fragrant aroma of roasted malt, with strong cashew, chestnut, cream, faint dark fruits, black coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, light toffee, light sugar, yeast and faint grass; Very light sweet taste of dark malt, with strong roasty, strong nuts, light black coffee, very light soy sauce, light chocolate, caramel, light biscuits, yeast, light lime, bitter hops and light grass; Light body, watery palate; Mouth feel is thin dark malt, very roasty and nutty with a slightly oily feel to it. Light but solid touch of cream, coffee, caramel, soy sauce and biscuits. Watery but rich, pretty intriguing… Hoppiness is faint grass nose, light lime and grass in taste; Bitterness is moderate to strong for an abrupt astringent finish; Quite dry after taste. Roasty and fairly bitter to mouth.
Comments: A well made and pretty orthodox English-style Stout, with a lean body, very roasty and nutty dark malt, light but expressive tastes in cream, coffee and soy sauce, almost no sweetness, plus good hoppiness to balance it all. Very decent, particularly good for Summer night enjoyment.
500ml bottle. An opaque black-centred beer with dark brown edging and a one-finger, somewhat lasting creamy tan head. Liquorice, coffee, roasted malts, walnut and a touch of dried fruits. Light to medium body, quite firm but I would’ve preferred a degree of softness and plumpness in the mid-palate to round off the bitterness. Medium carbonation, medium intensity ashy, roasty finish with fair length. lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 5, 2013
coffee and nuts dominate the flavour here, but it finishes rather watery. very thin overall for a stout...close to a schwarzbier. okay. Tonybaldeagle (62) - - JUN 5, 2013
A beautifully balanced stout with malt & dark truffle tones. There is a full flavour & light finish that makes this easy to drink.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Cantabrian (1170) - Christchurch NZ, now Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2012
This is a reasonably good stout. Pours brown, just dark brown and not black, but rather formidable, with a thin light cream-coloured head. The first whiff is a lovely chocolate with raspberry liqueur, just as it breaks under our bite. The nose gets more ordinary as it warms, heading towards the plain roasted crust and esters, which are rather unconcealed throughout the whole ride. Roasted malt taste, with a bit of chocolate and a feeble bitterness, both overwhelmed by the alcohol. It is a thin stout and the alcohol is on your palate. Not much of a discernible finish. No matter how much criticiseable, I’d take that cart with the Clydesdales over any ordinary lager. davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 3, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2012 Bottle 330ml from Swords Vic Market. Nice malty beer, fresh. Aromas of milky chocolate and caramel. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Dark brown, with a thin head.