beer-yum (1952) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 25, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2017 Subdued aroma in a jet black pour. Nicely balanced hop/malt body with a subtle hint of wood makes for a winning winter warmer. explosivedog (1827) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 18, 2017
Taster at GABS Auckland 2017. Pours dark brown. Oak, raisins, figs, biscuits. Nice scotch ale with a subtle barrel addition. Good. Pdubyah (836) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 4, 2017
A bg aroma, but I thought it was mostly bready yeasty, it’s a dark brown deep beer, but no head disappointed. Taste also is short on the appearance, they don’t match, you expect a deeper fuller mouthfeel. ANZUShophunter (654) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2016
On tap at Tomahawk bar (2015). Amber with a whispy head. Smoked chicory aroma and this features again on the palate. Hints of vanilla and licorice finish. Need to try the non-BA version for comparison. madmitch76 (26413) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2016
15th November 2015
MrTipple (6952) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2015
Brewdog Clapham. Keg. Hazy red - amber beer, tidy cream colour head. Palate is light, semi dry, modest fine carbonation. Thin creamy malts. A nice touch of oaky vanilla, a touch more wood than vanilla. Mild port wine must. Light semi dry finish. Nicely done light barreling.
Aroma: caramel, toffee malts, oak barrels, some vanilla. Appearance: hazy, dark brown, small, creamy, white head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: oak caramel malts continue, fairly intense, toffee, some bitters coming up with a touch of alcohol. Overall: very nice Scotch Ale, fantastic aroma, the oak barrels are really coming out nicely. Pint at Mother Kelly’s, Bethnal Green. Scopey (16271) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2015
Keg at BD CJ. It pours deep mahogany brown with a tiny tan rim. The nose is malt-driven, brown bread, very woody, earth, toasted grain, dried leaves, dirt, light vanilla and dried fruits. The taste is actually quite light, yet rather oaky, spicy action, alcohol warmth, dry wood, charred stuff, light vanilla, leather, dark fruits in the background, light cherry. Lingering finish of oak and leather. Medium body and fine, soft carbonation. Surprisingly one-dimensional. There are elements of this I like, but they don’t present themselves in a particularly cohesive manner. mR_fr0g (14024) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2015
Keg at the Brewdog CJ new Zealand tap takeover. Dark copper / brown coloured pout with a fading off white head. Aroma is woody oak, vanilla, oak barrel, toffee, brown sugars. Flavour is composed of thin woody tannin, oak, tannin, vanilla, burnt toffee, woody. Palate is semi sweet, wood tannin. Little solvent alcohol in the finish. nihtila (4005) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 17, 2015
Keg at IMBC. Dark brown. Oak, vanilla, caramel, sweet, rum. Tastes sweet malts, oak and vanilla, toffee, great. Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2015
Keg at IMBC 2015.
Pours brownish amber with a diminishing, cream-coloured head. Smells pretty bad, like a rat’s cage in a pet shop. If I didn’t know the liquid in front of me was beer, I wouldn’t have drunk it. It tasted almost as bad as it smelled, with thick but overly bitter, mouth-coasting sense dominating. There are some woody flavours present but very little to like. I suspect there was some issue with the NZ Collective’s conditioning or delivery by this point in the festival (late Sunday afternoon), as this, and the other beer I had from their stand, both tasted utterly dreadful despite being very highly regarded.