Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 30, 2009
Wow pours very dark brown, essentially black with a nice creamy tan head. Retention is great, best of any local i’ve had in ages! Nose is quite peculiar, dark roasted malt with a juicy acidity, no doubt from both malt & apple juice. Palate translates well, very juicy apple notes on the mid palate before dark malt brings a touch of roast but not a whole heap of flavour. Overall everything seems to be a tiny bit muted, or maybe just subtle...? Carbonation is relatively lively which makes it a little creamy. Overall a pretty weird beer, creamy & juicy feel...? But certainly well made & rather enjoyable. Will definitely have again & recommend! BarossaLuke (552) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 7, 2009
Lovely dark/black colour with a tan head. Dry roasty aromas that follow through on the palate. Could use a little more crystal malt sweetness to balance the roastiness which is quite strong and lends a little to much bitterness for me. But in saying that, this is a good dark ale that I would drink again. UnholyBrewing (596) - Central Florida(Upper Hell), Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2009
...bottle. Poured a nice dark, murky brown, with a decent chocolate head. Very flavorful, with loads of roasted malt, fruit, and sediment. Looked great in the glass, with visible chunks. Dark fruits complement the roasted notes. Finished with more dark fruit, and roasted notes. I liked this one. gam (4139) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2009
Milk chocolate coloured head with good carbonation very dark beer,cannot see through.Aroma coffee chocolate caramel fruit malt.Flavour apple juice chocolate caramel,has vinous taste sour too much apple juice kills the other flavours,the initial taste is bad but once it settles it,s okay and that is how the finish is. Lunkie (1966) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2008
Fruit malt hop aroma with cherry. Dark brown colour with fair head and lacing. Sweet malt cherry flavour. Fizzy palate.
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2008
Bottle (330ml). Poured opaque with a dense frothy, off-white head which was average lasing. Aroma was of apple juice and prune juice, pears, raisin bread and some chocolate malts hiding beneath. Flavor was a pleasant light acidic bitterness with some grape skins, sour apples, raisin bread, prunes and a dry tart finish. Medium bodied with lively carbonation, quite dry mouthfeel, watery texture and an ok finish. jkm (235) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2008
Dark brown/orange in colour with a thin long lasting off-white head. Good lacing. Low carbonation and medium bodied. Nice coffee and malt flavours with a sweet, dry and slightly bitter finish. 330ml brown bottle. DuffMan (10772) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 21, 2007
Another awesome Tassie craft brewer whose products were happily available nearly everywhere we stopped on our Tassie journey. This beer in particular seemed popular in several of the more upscale restaurants we ate at. I happened to have mine on tap in an english pub on wellington street in Hobart, but had it in bottle as well afterward. It pours a dark rootbeer brown, slightly hazy with a thin dense off-white head generating scanty lace. On tap this was VERY chocolatey, but less so from the bottle, and both had a pleasant figgy fruit note in the finish (I didn’t get the apple juice thing that other raters have experienced-- maybe they fixed the recipe?). Medium bodied-- a terrific porter. Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2008 Dark red/brown and slightly cloudy. A big tan head at first but it gradually diminished to nothing, Medium bodied and lightly carbonated.Roasty malt flavours, with a hint of coffee, mollases and apple. A sweet finish. mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2007
Dark red-brown with a large but diminishing head. Aroma of caramel and a bit of apple. Flavour is only slightly roasted and a bit weak. Perhaps the apple juice provides sourness and a dry finish which leaves very little for the hops to do in the way of bitterness.