ab29 (59) - - DEC 3, 2014
Pitch black in the glass, with head retained well, (caramel colour). Chocolate and bread, with a roasted coffee nose.
Light and smooth, almost nutty, flavour comes out now.
Long Finish. Delightful, 500ml bottle. davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 25, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2011 Tap at the local taphouse. Exceptional. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, smoke, and liquorice. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and very good length. Palate is velvety, with a medium-to-full body, and lively carbonation. Dark brown, with a frothy white head. KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 12, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2010 500 ml bottle
They put Bluff Oysters in this? You have to be kidding.
Aroma: Something meaty and slightly acidic in there. Maybe they did use Bluff Oysters (which are from Bluff NZ - the southern most point of the South Island - and they are a big deal in NZ). Big dark unsweetened chocolate malt with something else that eludes me--Got it, sour milk. She’s talking to me baby, she’s talking. There is a strong molasses tinge to the chocolate.
Appearance. Deep dark brown, like black strap molasses. A & W Rootbeer rocky, dark cafe au lait head but with lacing big time. Head slowly decreases to a fine creamy layer. It looks like a stout.
Taste: Jumps out of the glass. Alcohol is definite. It is bitter, it is slightly sour but not like Guinness. Not a sign of anything sweet. Runs away leaving a mild bitter and sour sense in the front of your mouth and a wee creamy sense in the back and middle of your tongue. What a tease!
Palate: Full body but not overly creamy or sticky. Leaves your mouth fresh. Soft carbonation. You know there might actually be an astringent aftertaste but it is elusive. And it does leave you with an alcoholic feel.
Overall: I like it. Not sure where the bluff oysters come in though. I think they are . . . bluffing. Zeke_NZL (33) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 23, 2011
Best Stout in New Zealand! Rich and dark with lots of malt flavour. Beautifully balanced bitternes/sweetness with just a hint of saltyness from the Oysters. pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2012
Jet black, looks amazing, with great legs in the glass. Beautifully balanced stout, very subtle saltiness. Really enjoyed this!
Cantabrian (1161) - Christchurch NZ, now Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2013 Re-rated, added more points to this gorgeous stout. Thick, oily and salty. Black and greasy, with a furry brown head, like a New Zealand fur seal. Thanks Goodness there’s not much of an aroma (like a fur seal’s) - and that is probably the weakest point - quite restricted to chocolates and plums, but once you taste it, it hits you with a sharp edge, like an oystershell. Such a pungent flavour, like a Russian Imperial Stout, strong, resinous, acidic and alcoholic. You do get a hint of chocolate but it’s mostly obverwhelmed by sweet charred flavours, and the full-bodied beer has a chalky texture, as an oystershell would. The finish is broad, with bitterness and saltiness taking over any sweet intentions. Great stout, delivering the promise of brine and stoutness. Re-rating here: Oh yes, and Bluff Oysters are Ostrea chilensis. nedmuzza (13) - - OCT 15, 2012
I have tried a couple of oyster stouts buit this is tops it takes the iStout and adds real flavour with the saltiness which is not overpowering but complementary good arome syrupy sweet great combination of falvours