AndrewGeoff (27) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2005
Discovered this beer on a trip to NZ many years ago and it changed my perceptions at that time (for the better) about what NZ had to offer. The beer has an inviting dark chocolate-brown colour and it produces a small milk-coffee coloured head. It has a slightly nutty, roasted malt aroma but it is the flavour which does it for me. It has a slightly burnt, roasted malt taste with just enough hop bitterness and a lingering aftertaste. Overall it is very pleasant and provides a summer alternative to heavier stouts. jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2005
Smelling and looking at the beer I thought "what a pity getting this shipped all the way from Australia". It’s fishy with malts and some yeast, black color, brown irregular head, good lace though. The flavors were quite ok however, light sweet, light bitter, hints of coffee and licorice, more sweetness in the finish. Light bodied and a little sandy. Thanks eczematic for sending me this beer! kamate (1) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 29, 2004 does not count
Is the only beer for me-no hangover-not too thick and prefer it as tap beer. Visited the brewery on the West Coast, bloody marvellous ! Cant remember leaving though ALLOVATE (3030) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 1, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2005 Tasted from the bottle. Poured an opaque black with a reddish tinge. The head slowly formed a thin, tight sandy-brown pad. Aroma was very husky like burnt wood and peat, with a hint of sweet malt. Mouth-feel was pleasant, well rounded with medium carbonation, syrupy, yet dry and light bodied. Flavour was in the background a little too much not watery, just subtle. Hints of toffee and dark chocolate in the front, followed by heavily roasted grains and a slight astringent swallow. Not a bad beer for a winter’s day, but sadly lacking in any real depth. vanvenlo (1895) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2014 29 Aug 2004 - Low-low smoke aroma. Good light brown head that retains, clear nice dark brown-red colour, low soap suds. Light smoke malt and simplistic malt flavours. Slightly fizzy, a bit thin, plain and watery with some lingering malt.
Lunkie (1943) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2004
Dark black colour with good head. Hopy malt aroma. Burnt malt flavour. Fizzy palate. madquacker (1157) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2004
Chocalty flavours and aromas without being a blockbuster of a stout (which is good). Not too overpowering. Not quite a good as Coopers Best Stout but close. LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Dark black beer with a quickly diminishing head. Creamy, chocolate aroma. Very malty and smooth. I lighter tasting dark beer. An excellent crisp, hoppy finish. farmboy (218) - Barwon Heads, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2004
Quite enjoyed this. WOuldn’t tush out and buy a carton or anything, but the flavour was evident right from the start. Slight chocolatey taste at first and quite roasty afterwards. dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 4, 2004
Prominent chocolate aroma and taste. The pick of the MOnteiths line up for me - I was quite partial to the Krystall, but that was last years brew, and this years is not quite to the same standard.