Brewed by The Twisted Hop
Style: Old Ale
Christchurch, New Zealand


on tap


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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
A strong dark ale, malty and dangerously easy to drink - beware!

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phaleslu (10547) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Part of the tasting rack at the brewpub. On cask. Pours dark brown ruby with a tan head. Molasses, brown sugar, coffee, roast malt, and hops on the nose. The flavor is similar, with aniseed, dark fruits, a syrupy mouthfeel and dry, bitter finish. Good complexity and balance. Medium bodied and very smooth.

donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 8, 2009
Handpulled at the brewpub. Pours deep ruby, tan bubbly head.
Aroma is complex, dark fruit, marmite, and a roasty malt.
The flavour is just as complex, fruity with a hint of plum and spice. Coffee roast malt. A full bitterness shows near the finish, which saves the beer from having a thin body.
Dry finish, nice, complex and very tasty.

DuffMan (10596) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 24, 2009
Part of the tasting tray shared with my lovely wife at the brewpub in Christchurch, enjoyed with the charcouterie plate and cheese plate. Gorgeous deep mahogany red colour. Aroma is faintly smokey, with notes of molasses, chocolate, and fig jam. Silky palate with flavours of burnt malt, molasses, prunes, and a subtle spiciness in the finish. Nice bitterness that lingers long after the swallow. This reminded me of an old-school classic porter, and for that reason was my favourite of the lot.

nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2009
Draught at the Twisted Hop, Christchurch. Pours dark ruby with a medium creamy beige head. Aroma of toast, nuts and fruit. The flavour is toast, nuts and fruit. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel and low bitterness in the finish.

zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 4, 2009
On tap at the Twisted Hop 01.04.09. Nearly opaque black brown, off white head. Aroma is chocolate and malty with roasted nuts. Flavor is roasted, caramel, port, bitter, caramel, chocolate, and coffee. This reminds me of a porter.

kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2008
My least favourite from the line of real ales, seemed popular at the pub but i wasn’t taken with it, was nice enough but seemed slightly over attenuated so it didn’t have the body i was expecting had a nice enough blackcurrant/blackberry nose and flavour but nothing much else to interest me.

Papsoe (25059) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2008
(On tap) Cloudy brown with a warm tint of red and an off-white head. Fantastic, complex aroma of wood, raisins and alcohol. Medium-bodied and almost flat with very complex flavours - again raisins, wood and perhaps a little Port. Short and dry finish. Lovely. 21 IBU. 240108

NoiZe (2322) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2008
I’ve had this one in New Zealand on my honeymoon. Visited the Twisted Hop and drank it there.
Certainly a nice strong ale.

Stew41 (2066) - Phuket, THAILAND - OCT 23, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2007 On cask at the pub. Very dark brown with a faint red tinge. Nice thin coffee coloured head. Unique aromas of spice, cooked fruits and malts, and a touch of cinnamon. Fruity palate with plenty of malt impact. Aniseed, a faint hint of treacle, light chocolate. Slightly dilutive finish but otherwise pretty good.

greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 17, 2007
On cask at the pub. This beer reminds me of Fuller’s ESB on steroids. It pours a reddish brown with a creamy white head. On the palate, big caramel flavours with a note of warming alcohol, some biscuity malt, and a silght woodyness, as if it had been oak aged. A hint of vanilla rounds out the solid bitter finish.

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