davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Bottle. Exceptional beer. Aromas of chocolate and port. Flavour is sweet and long-lasting. The palate is oily, and it has an alcoholic finish. Dark brown in colour, with a frothy head.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 26, 2009
26/09/2009. 250ml bottle. Marked as 9% abv. Has all the classic currant and dark chocolate that you’d expect from such a beer. Clean and well lagered, it has a shade more caramel and a slightly lower carbonation than I’d like but it is a moreishly dangerous drinker and a great way to end a lovely but cool spring day (listening to The Sun Came Out). NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2009
Had this one during my holiday in Australia april/may 2009. Good one to begin the trip! Dark fruits, raisins, burned toasted malty aroma. Burned malts, dark chocolate, raisins, dark fruits, salty, intense bitterness in the middle, smooth in the end. Roasted coffee/espresso. A bit edgy. Nice. nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2009
Draught at Redoak Brewpub, Sydney. Pours a very dark reddish brown with a small, lingering beige head. I’m letting this one sit as it’s a tad too cold. Once warmed up I’m getting notes of dried fruit - plums and blackcurrant, chocolate (cocoa), and notes of toffee. The flavour is dried fruit, cocoa, sticky toffee and nuts. Smooth mouthfeel and the alcohol is hidden well. Smooth and bitter finish and warms nicely. A really enjoyable beer. bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2009
250ml bottle at RedOak. Brown body with tawny tinges. Dried fruits on the nose (currants) and alcohol. Bloody smooth lovely taste, warming choc notes coming through.
SorenE (168) - , NEW ZEALAND - MAY 19, 2009
I had a lovely couple of sessions at the Red Oak in Sydney. Unfortunately I lost my notes but I can report that all the beers I tried were perfect examples of their respective style. The aroma, flavour, mouthfeel, malt and hoppyness is exactly what you would imagine from reading standard guidelines. Very well crafted and very tasty, but a bit to predictable to be outstanding. The Baltic Porter was the best I tried and possibly the best baltic I’ve had. zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2009
On tap 01.17.09 at the Red Oak, thanks to kempicus for recommending this place. Black brown, tan head. Aroma is raisins, port, smoke, molasses, caramel, wheat, pine. Flavor is the same, sweet and chewy. Slightly sour and oily mouth feel. MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2008 Bottle (250ml) at the Redoak. Vintage 06. Let this sit for a good hour before tasting. Poured deep/dark ruby brown with a small, frothy, tanned head which was mostly lasting. Aroma amazingly complex (as expected), extremely malty with burnt, sweet/sticky toffee, strong woody/port notes, strong notes caramelized dark fruits, figs and sticky notes of alcohol. Flavor was an explosion on the taste buds with strong notes of caramelized dark bitter/sweet fruits (dates, prunes, raisins, figs), superb woody/port notes, light notes of chocolate and a smooth, warming vanilla finish. Full bodied with very soft carbonation, a syrupy texture and an everlasting, warming/port-like finish. Unbelievablely well balanced. beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 11, 2008
Dark black in colour, small but dence caramel coloured head. Big chocolate coco nose, with high alcohol coming in at the back. How complex is this?
Liquorice, chocolate, molases flavours. Palate is a bit short, coud be longer. Smooth mouthfeel. TimE (5999) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 8, 2008
Pitch black color. Intense nose of dark fruit, berries, bittering chocolate and toffee. Starts much more sour than expected with some berries, caramel and bitteriing chocolate. Sourness works quit well. Warming alcoholic finish with plums and dark chocolate. Intense stuff.