Brewed by Kaimai Brewing
Style: Specialty Grain
Mt Maunganui, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Tumbler


on tap


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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Our dark ale is crafted from rye, nz malts and hops, yeast and pure NZ water. It is rich and lively with roasted malt notes that fill the mouth with a punchy finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2011
Serving: 330 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a very effervescent dark brown with a small, active, light tan head. The nose is earthy hops, rye, caramel malt, black walnuts, and dirt. The flavor has a sharp nutty tang and comes across as a little hot despite the low ABV. There is a slight cooked vegetable undertone that doesn’t sit well. Medium bodied with sparse carbonation (guess it jumped out early on) leading to a dry, walnut and vegetal finish. This one seems to be at odds with itself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (7188) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2011
This beer pours a very dark brown with almost no red. A very big and smooth light tan head that lasts nicely. A robust and pleasant aroma of dark fruit, molasses, and roasted notes. The flavor begins sour with complex fruit, and not all of it dark. There are some roasted flavors and that molasses, again. I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (14025) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 21, 2011
33cl bottle. Large beige head atop hazy dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, rye, some coffee, grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, some roast, light rye, vinous. Effervescent medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tnkw01 (1750) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Bottle. Wished I would have read these reviews before opening this baby. WHOOOOSH! All over the place. Anyway,1/3 of the bottle gone. Pours a huge long lasting head. Nice, deep brown color. Tastes great. Absolutely one of the best "porter" type beers I have ever had. Too expensive though for how much you loose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Bottle is a gusher, in spite of careful storage and handling, first pour producing a glass that is 95% beige foam. Finally settles into a chestnut body with some creamy lacing. Aroma has dark roasty malt notes, coffee and cocoa, and some twangy rye. Medium body has a chewy and meaty maltiness. Coffee, cocoa, toffee, and peppery rye are complimented by an earthy British hoppiness and dark roast bitterness to produce a tasty porter. Meaty maltiness is nicely highlighted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
lukeyq (1) - melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2010 does not count
personally valued this beer as a discovery of the senses,rich,firm,lush with an easy finish,if only it had a more solid distribution things would be great...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Bottle. Epic gusher... even after I cleaned it off my walls, floor, and self, it was still foaming out of the bottle. Once it calmed down, it poured a dark brown with a khaki head that eventually receded to a normal size. The aroma is obvious rye, some dark chocolate, a touch of beef jerky, some earthy notes, and a little bit of fruitiness. The flavor is on the zesty side with some cola and peanut notes, some earth, and some wood. The rye really comes out toward the finish, along with some further nuttiness. Fair beer once the explosion is over.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Dark brown pour with an exceptional fizzy and foamy white head that spewed out the bottle when opened. Smelled of sour malt, and lots and lots of grain, whether it be rye, or just earthy grain in general. Flavor was...different. Mild roasty porter type flavors running around with nutty brown ale flavors, mixed with this odd sour note, mixed with heavy rye. Wasn’t quite sure what to think of it, but it is definitely thicker than you think it might appear.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9926) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2010
330 ml bottle from Wine and Cheese Place- kudos to Paul for getting some New Zealand beers in this year. Pours a dark brown color with a massive, foamy beige head that sticks for a surprisingly long time, given the bubbly consistency. Aroma of rye, coffee, dusty grains, earth, toast, roasted dark and chocolate malts, and dried leaves. Flavor of rye, coffee, roasted malts, earth, rust, faint leafy hops that show up halfway through and depart quickly, chocolate, and minerals. Light-bodied, with high carbonation and a roasty, spicy, mineral mouthfeel. Dry finish. Unusual beer but not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14891) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Bottle from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours very darkly ruddy brown with a very temporary 4 finger foamy beige head. Strong aroma. Lots of activity - rye/coffee - hop. Almost burns the nose (foam breaking up rapidly). Med body. Dark malt. Chocolate note. Some hop. I can taste rye, but it’s like this is supposed to actually be a porter. Bottoms out with something herbally hoppy - but not very many IBUs. Strange and interesting. I’d drink it again.

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