ShaneJ (910) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2013 Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, - APR 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear mahogany colour with a goodish skim of cream coloured head that settled into the body. The aroma is chocolately with caramel and sweet malt. It is rather gratifying actually and promises much. This is manifest in the flavour with a good run of prickly mouthfeel at first that becomes a little silky even. There is a sweetness there, but it isn’t overwhelming and even brings out some orange peel at the end. This seems like a good exemplar of a style of beer that doesn’t trade on its bitterness and is designed for quaffing. I rather liked this.
Bottle from Plonk. Clear dark reddish-brown, non-lasting fine head, very low carbonation, nice sweet malty beer, slight hint of coffee, very easy drinking, quite enjoyable. Cantabrian (1161) - Christchurch NZ, now Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2013 Indeed this is easy to drink...or maybe not. Nice reddish-brown colour, but the off-white head has very little persistence. Flavour is sweeeet, malty, very sirupy. No hoppiness at all, to give it any balance. Tastes like fresh beer from 1000 years ago. Nice historical value in that, but lacks that balance. There’s a bit of a sticky feel to the tongue on the finish. Nice to drink, but it should be always for the first round. Brodies_Best (324) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 27, 2012
On tap in Springfield NZ. Pours dark, reddy brown. Not much head. Slight chocolate aroma. Initial taste is slightly acidic, aftertaste of coffee and sweet caramel. Easy drinking