bozoNZ (778) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 23, 2013
As others have mentioned a little thin in body for it’s abv. Big bold flavours. Burnt vogels and a smokey backbone. Aftertaste really is smokey. Almost cigarette / tobacco driven. kerrmatt (33) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 13, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2013 Another great enjoyable brew from Tuatara.Very impressed with the head on this, like a large creamy coffee crema. Dark chocolate and coffee, nice alcohol balance with good complexity, yeasty brandy vanilla notes and toasty bitterness. beer-yum (1706) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 13, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2015 Deliciously dark and strong. Another excellent beer by the Kapiti coasters - long may they make it. ShaneJ (896) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle from Tuatara brewery. Darkest brown with reddish tinges, chocolate, coffee, toast, earthy hops, a bit woody/oaky even, light body (for a stout), very enjoyable though. And loved the bottle. Travlr (24667) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Draft at the Malthouse. Dark maroon color, beige head. Aroma of coffee grounds and fresh fruit, sort of like a bright Ethiopian coffee. Taste is roasty and fruity. Nice.
Cantabrian (1130) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 1, 2013
A friend who occasionally drinks a stout said drinking this beer was like watching an Austin Powers movie dubbed into German: you know it’s perfectly well-done, the movements of the actors’ lips seem to be actually speaking German... but it just feels wrong, corrupted. I must agree, as these excessively spiced porters/stouts do not make my day. As this was served just below the lowest temperature limit, there’s little I can say about the aroma. Flavours were just too hoppy, peppery, with little chocolate or malts to surface under the smothering herbs. Lemon grass tea, grapefruits and lemons seem to be out of place, in a rather thin bodied, spetacularly black beer. Hate to rate it lower, but not my favourite among so many of other wonderful Tuatara beers. The bottle is pretty damn awesome though.. omega (900) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 31, 2013
Nicely balanced beer that is soft and velvety on the palate. Not overtly viscous. Lasting finish is of roasted malts and once again is quite a clean beer from Tuatara. Very drinkable and hides the 7% very well, but I would also say that I though it lacked a twist to make it standout which is why all the parts scored well but the overall score was lower. pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2013
Solid dark beer. I agree with below, it is really a porter, but other than that it is a really enjoyable and drinkable beer. Nice flavours and lovely balance, just could be a little more unctuous! Nice to see Tuatara venturing out. Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 19, 2013
Colour is a funny thing when reviewing stouts. Somehow just writing that it is black sells the beer short because it seldom, if ever, is so black that it cannot show some vestige of colour. This particular beer has a definite tawny hue in the dimple of the glass, but in terms of depth, it is fairly dark... just not entirely dark. There is the making of a mocha coloured head that now (halfway through my glass) is a smattering of lace and a crescent moon clinging to the top. A sniff reveals rather incongruous tropical fruits, lemon flesh and a dusting of cocoa. This seems rather vigorously hopped with aroma hops for a stout, which isn’t a bad thing at all. A taste reveals that fruitiness and a slightly piquant mouthfeel. Then out comes the typical stouty charriness and gentle pinching bitterness at the sides of my tongue. It then lengthens into astringency. I have only one issue, and it isn’t really a complaint: it doesn’t have a thick body, why is it not Porter?
This is a minor query for what is a rather tasty beer.