lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, - JUN 16, 2013Pdubyah (724) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 15, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2013 edit: turns out this is the right beer. original: i had an 8.5% beer from pink elephant that was called íhoney aleí, and i have no idea if itís a resurrection of this or something else entirely. to be safe...anyway it was quite aptly named because the sweet sticky honey was the star of the show, with brown sugar and other sweet goodness. i like my sweet beers, so this was nice.
A complex beer this, but it resolves itself to "this is a sweet beer" by taste that is not some complex teenage slang. It looks fantastic and the honey added makes it dangerously quaffable with no indication that youíre getting a bit smashed. Low carbonation, soft buttering, and the honey makes this a jolly good thing. As it warms it gets more body and some stinger over-notes. but overall I think you should get some in just to counterpoint the harsher bitterer dryer beers youíve been drinking in the past to reset your bar. I like this and would easily go again. Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 14, 2013
Itís always a good day when I can review a Pink Elephant beer that I havenít tried before. Iíve had this tucked away for a few months and temptation has got the better of me. Ruby-amber in colour with fine beads of carbonation but only a faint film of head. Aromas of fruitcake, glace fruits, cherries, aged golden rum, biscuity malt and mellow fruitfulness. A taste reveals a cloud of mouthfeel that becomes silky and then thereís a torrent of flavours that dwell mainly in mature cake and the afore mentioned aroma characters. It settles and becomes slightly bitter and astringent but carries with it generous (but not over-sweet) sweetness. The longer it sits, the more it develops an old tawny port aspect. It almost demands a cigar or an aristocratic chunk of ripe Stilton. Iíll be taking my time with this one.
Massively attractive. A Mrs Robinson among flighty young bimbos. gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2013
Small pink head ruby red pour medium carbonation aromas honey sugar alcohol caramel molasses the flavours rich fruits rich honey brown sugar caramel port plums mild molasses sweet but good on palate near toffee and treacle tastes the finish the more I drank the better it got a good sipping ale lovely sweetness good backing tastes of malts and alcohol very good ale Travlr (24262) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Bottle at Brothers. I got very excited seeing this one, thinking it was a Flemish Oud Bruin. Oh well. Itís a decent enough old ale with fair body and nice flavour. Kaya161 (1139) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2002
Dark chocolate brown colour. Chocolate/honey aroma. Roger Pink tells me that he uses cane sugar and honey in this beer. What results is a sweet and sugary flavour that is slightly fruity. As with Pink Elephantís McEllies, this ber shows beatiful restraint as the high ABV isnít even hinted at in the flavour. This beer also has a wonderfuly silky, coating, mouthfeel, while being relatively light in body. duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2001
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2003 Scrumptuous butter/toffee aroma, creamy mouthfeel, with toffee and caramel (and some fruity notes, raisins?), great complexity, and the alc. content isn't greatly evident (hidden and complimented well), for me, there was simply nothing wrong with this beer. Good malt character aswell as decent bitterness, excellent stuff. i don't ever want this bottle to end!!! beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 8, 2001
Dark Brown and very spicey.
This is a first for me. A warm beer very unusal for New Zealand we like our beers cold but very nice. also unusally high alchol volume for kiwi beer.