Eructoblaster (4457) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 30, 2008
Bottle - 375ml. Cloudy dark amber body with average carbonation and a good beige foamy head. Nice malty/hoppy aroma with yeasty, citrusy and grainy hints. Its decent hoppy taste carries some roasty notes. Ends with a short bitter finish. That one is very hard to categorize as it looks and smells like a Dunkelweizen, but tastes like a Dark Lager or a Vienna. Interesting. nick76 (4403) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2012
The aroma is like toasted what bread with a touch of coffee. The appearance is brown with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall this is pretty good. Grumbo (4293) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle from Utobeer, Borough Market, London. Dark amber colour with a beige head. Aroma of sweet milk chocolate malt. Light body, carbonation is rather too fizzy. GRM (4243) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2009
Green bottle, 12,7 ounces, best before 4.06.10, via Luc Bourbonnière (merci Luc!), savoured on September 28 2009; eye: bronze, clear, no effervescence, nice beige head that falls and turns into a sheet, nice lacing; nose: roasted malt, toast, acridness; mouth: roasted malt, thin, watery, roasted malt, chocolate, short finale in roasted malt, medium body, good carbonation, lightly acrid, light acidity, lightly lactic; overall: ordinary
Bouteille verte, 12,7 onces, meilleure avant 4.06.10, via Luc Bourbonnière (merci Luc!), savourée le 28 septembre 2009; œil : bronze, claire, pas d’effervescence, belle mousse beige qui tombe et se transforme en une couverture, bonne dentelle; nez : malt torréfié, pain rôti, âcreté; bouche : malt torréfié, mince, aqueuse, malt rôti, chocolat, finale courte en malt torréfié, corps moyen, bonne carbonatation, légèrement âcre, légère acidité, légèrement lactique; en résumé : ordinaire hawthorne00 (4198) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of dark caramel and coffee. Taste has some chocolate as well. A little overcarbonated, but a swirl improves things and makes the lovely head return. Dries out at the end but only a slight spiciness suggests bitterness. Not really my sort of thing.
Gerbeer (4158) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with full head. Aromas of black coffee, licorice, and roasted malts. Flavors of bitter dark chocolate, black coffee, and bitter plum skins. Acidic and heavily carbonated. gam (4142) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2009
Dark brown with red tinge good carbonation tan head aroma caramel hops coffee note flavour bitter caramel cooked flavours light roasted coffee or more chicory sweet like toffee or cocoa great with roast meal finish bitter rich lacks a bit of body. Butters (4062) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Bottle split with the woody’s crew. Hazy mahogany pour with ring of tan head. Nose of Maple, dark berry, molassis. Flavor has a sour effect, nutty, and and malty. Not that good though. Possible infection on this one too. drjay44 (3894) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2011
750 ml. bottle. Pours a medium beige head of good duration, over a clear, dark brown (SRM 30) body...nose is light cereal, tiny amounts of coffee, chocolate...taste is mainly cereal malts, with hints of cocoa, finishing dry....mouth feel light, carbonation high. It is dark, has more cereal flavors but little else. BJCP 6/3/11/4/6 Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2010
750 ml bottle
A mostly unexceptional lager this beer has the distinction of being the best of two new Zealand beers that I have tried in the past few years. I don’t know what that says about the country but it beats ticking off a bottle of Steinlager. At the price point though I will not be buying its companion any time soon.
Aroma / Appearance - The great surge of cream filled the glass like the inside of a custard doughnut. A gradient of deep brown to medium red finally emerged after it had some time to settle down. The aromas that escaped were par for the course - black cherry pits, malt base, blackberry jam, and caramel brownies (from a box rather than homemade). Hops are evident but do not go so far as to overpower the rest.
Flavor / Palate - Chocolate brownies which have been left too long in the oven fill the mouth with a mildly harsh taste. Gravelly transitions to a flat finish force me to rate this a bit lower. It is still very drinkable with some positive aspects. However I find myself wondering if time has not changed the nature of the beer since it was bottled halfway around the world. I can do better at several brewpubs around the area and guarantee a much fresher product.