kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 5, 2014
The head is brown and robust, the body black. It smells darkmalty, maltaromatic, bit roasty, lots of coffee and a bit roasty, chocolate. The taste is darkmalty, maltaromatic, bit alcoholic, nice creamy, bit roasty-bitter, coffee. Coffee and bitter-chocolate in the aftertaste. Very Good! Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 20, 2009
The first Imperial Russian Stout brewed by the Twisted Hop and tasted just prior to release, matched with Port Ahuriri blue cheese.
Deep rich ruby/russet in colour with aromas of coffee, chocolate and cigarbox runcio. The first taste is like a kiss of wine chocolate, a touch of caramel and unmalted, roast barley. The match with the cheese was ideal, but this beer is probably best enjoyed with a nice earth Cuban cigar.
Lush and will develop with age. Stunning. pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2013
i was really surprised about this beer. It looked and smelt great. I was not as viscous as I would have liked though. Big hop and roast presence, limited lingering sweetness. A really good beer. I think this would be fantastic after some barrel time. Skarecrow (1042) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 17, 2017
Black as pitch.
Sweet roasted malt aroma with oaky character.
Medium bitterness with full oak cask body.
Khorosho !!! SorenE (168) - , NEW ZEALAND - APR 5, 2009
Yeah! great finale to a great evening at the hop. dark dark brown with a dark brown head. roasted coffee flavours and some hoppiness too, maybe cascade, hard to tell under all the roastiness. thick maltiness and high roasted bitterness, not too cloying. great stuff!
bozoNZ (784) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 20, 2009
Tasted at the bar - jet black with a tan head. Rich roasted malt aroma with a bit of coffee grinds and hop earthyness too. Big in the mouth, lots going on - licorice, coffee, burnt caramel & some dark fruits. Despite the flavours it’s the velvet richness that makes this wothwhile. Another at the bar thought it ’quite quaffable’ - for me one to definately savor. frenchiew (17) - , NEW ZEALAND - JAN 24, 2011
Bought this in a bottle from Regional Wines and Spirits, not sure why, probably liked the name despite being wary of NZ attempts at strong beers.
It poured jet black with a surprisingly foamy rich looking tan head, which didn’t disappear. The aroma is fantastic; coffee and a slight hint of metal which sings promise.
In the mouth it is slightly oily and cloying, and the coffee continues, along with lots of other rich flavours, licorice and chocolate. It doesnt’ feel too alcoholic, but you know it’s there when you breathe out.
It has a medium sweetness but doesn’t stick around in the mouth. Nice balance is what I thought.
Brilliant drop, knock a bollock off to try one. joergen (29598) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2012
Bottle at Sune.
Pitch black coloured with a medium sized beige head.
Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel and dark chocolate with notes of dried fruits.
Sweet and roasted flavour of dark chocolate, licorice and dried fruits with notes of bread.