Homebrewilly (8) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 25, 2015 does not count
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2015 Outstanding! Looks like motor oil with a very small tan brown head. Smells like a fruit salad. Chocolate up front, and then more chocolate with coffee in the aftertaste. Very malty, only slightly bitter with very fruity hop flavour. Cherries, plums, peaches, basically a fruit salad of hops. Warm going down, and very drinkable for such a strong beer. The oak tannins are slight giving it a slight wine taste. At $6.99 NZ for a 500ml bottle at 10.2% alcohol this is a steal! Tognetta (951) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - MAY 25, 2015
Totalmente negra, espuma bege, espessa, duradoura. Aroma licoroso, mais café, menos chocolate, alcoólica. Paladar adocicao médio, amargor médio. Aftertaste de café, bem dosada no álcool. Corpo médio, carbonação flat. trentacle (26) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 23, 2015
A beer to eat rather than drink. Pours scary. Taste/mouthfeel/palate overwhelms, dominates, subdues, almost. Not for those too protective of their tastebuds. Richer even than you expect an imperial stout to be. tombutlin (313) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 17, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2016 3rd try and it is improving. It still tries to do too much, and it became a chore to finish. I really enjoyed an 8 Wired iStout last week, so gave this a lash based on that experience, but wasn’t close. Coffee, smoke, caramel, liquorice and spice all fought like a bus full of sugar-fuelled 7 year olds, rather than entertained mtangel (10) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 17, 2015
Pours black with slight tan head. Rich aroma with a smooth and sweet oaky flavor. Drinks like a fine wine. My favorite stout in NZ
waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 19, 2015
bottle poured black lacy & malty oak aromatic with rich caramel roasty malt red wine hops spice & smoky flavours all coming through well with the alcohol barely noticeable Cavie (4717) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2015
Enjoyed at BTBF 2015. Dark black color. Dark roast the aroma, malty and sugar sweet. Roasted flavor, malty flavor and brown sugar. Minderbinder (3469) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2015
Pours very dark brown with low beige head. No lacing. Aroma is of wine, coffee, roasted malt, molasses. Taste is of oak, alcohol, roasted malt, ashes, coffee, some vanilla, wine. Palate: Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Dry finish (oak). Almost harsh. Overall: Pretty good. Lots of oak. tom10101 (6084) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle (375 ml). From kbudd19, thanks! Split 2-ways.
trith1 (53) - - MAR 21, 2015
Appearance: Very dark reddish brown with a very small tan head and little lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malt, perfume notes, Pinot noir, grapes and ashy notes.
Taste: Roasted malt, lots of oak, ashy presence, tobacco notes, pinot noir and light bitterness.
Palate: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oaky, tannic. Super dry. Ashy and roasty finish.
Overall: The oak has taken so much place in this one! Really dry. Interesting Pinot noir features. Tasty.
Although the IBU on this one is over 100, it's very smooth and the french oak brings out a lovely smokey, charred vanilla to the overall mochas that push through. Yummy, but only one in a session!