Cantabrian (1100) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2012 Not very versed in the "Dunkel" style, I think this is a nice beer. Black coca cola colour, with a firm head and plenty of large bubbles breaking through it. very weak aroma of chocolates and coffee. Taste is a bit too much coffee over the chocolates, grassy and the roasted malts. Some charred bitterness too. Sticky palate. It’s a pleasant drink. As much as I love the ultra heavy bottles of Moa beers, I hate the über-gay (both in a John Key sense and the other) contemporary design of the new labels.
pictoman (1046) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from 750mL bottle. Dark amber brown with dissipating off white head. Mild sour coffee malt. Subtle ash and herbal notes.
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 4, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Very dark & opaque. Deep off white head that lasted for a while. Some lacing. Smell is all about the malt and in particular chocolate & roasted malt. Taste is very much built around the roasted malt. Quite nutty & a little smokey. A little think with minal mouthfeel. Could certainly drink a few of these.
annunz123 (957) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a thick head. Aroma is bready malt with some molasses. Bready taste with some funk, maybe due to the green bottle and the long trip to the US. Good, not great.
ShaneJ (883) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Beer Cartel. Hazy dark brown, roasty malt, burnt caramel, grassy hops, quite dry, moderate bitterness. Ok.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 29, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted 26/04/2006. 330ml mini champagne-style bottle, shared with Jono, at the Cellar-Vate April tasting.
Dark brown, woody murkiness, with creamy light-tan head and effervescent carbonation. Very mild nose of chocolate and spice. Brendon gets a yeasty note, perhaps a little under-conditioned. Slightly overcarbonated in the mouth to show through all it’s flavour, could be worth letting this one breath before sampling. What is there, in keeping with the nose, is a mild chocolate note and pepperiness. Carbonic and slightly watery. Certainly deserves another look, though at the price they are selling this I think it will be more suited to Air NZ Business Class than the average bottle store punter. Has potential, I think, but needs some work.
Jado (798) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - SEP 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint. Dark cola-coloured body was topped by a substantial tan head that mostly dissipated. Chocolate was the predominant flavour on the nose, and that carried through in the taste, although some black coffee and roasted malts also came through. Body was light and well carbonated. Easy drinking dark lager with more complexity than I was expecting.
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The feel is thin with fizzy carbonation; finishes with a roasted bitterness. An easy drinking lager, with a light feel yet some nice flavor.
MikeJslc (778) - USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown, clear, tan head. Aroma: bready malt, biscuit, cocoa. Flavor similar with baker’s chocolate, some earthy notes. Finishes dry. Easy drinking.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2007
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clear dark brown with a large beige head that didn’t really last. A weak milk chocolate aroma with some vegemite toast and something fruity and chalky that somehow reminds me of, I think, Boynton’s Ale. Sweet and bitter, but unbalanced and combined with the excessive fizz it’s a bit of a battle in the mouth. Strange aftertaste that has me thinking of steamed carrots. I really want to like these guys after my first bottle of their lager was great, but it’s been all down hill since with skunked bottles and weird flavours.