joe19612 (3138) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark ruby colour with a hint of red, aroma is malt and chocolate, taste is roasted malt with a dry finish. skortila (6014) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
Bottled. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. Aroma has caramel, roast, some hops. Clear, dark coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is toasty, mild, has a little coffee and chocolate, some grassy hops. chinchill (5396) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2014
330ml bottle with 5.0% ABV -- BB March 2014
Pours clear, dark reddish brown with a good head.
Feel: a bit too thin but nicely smooth, with soft, medium carbonation.
Aroma: caramel and dark roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate.
Flavor: good balance; slightly sweet; nice roasted finish.
O: easy drinking, lighter Black ale that smells great.
Cantabrian (1170) - Christchurch NZ, now Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 23, 2012
Pours dark ruby, not black, with a thin dark beije head that disappears in a minute. Very weak aroma of bitter chocolates and roast malts, with some fruity tone hidden in there. Although the beer is water-thin, which is perhaps it’s worst sin, the flavours are nice, with chocolate, roast malts, some sour note that reminds me os a watery Murphy’s. The finish is pleasant, with a rather meaningful citrusy presence. Not sure why it is stylised as a Schwarzbier, as the label clearly states "Dark Ale". But then, the manufacturer’s website now refers to it as a "Bohemian-style Black Beer", of which I cannot think that it could be possibly referring to a region - because it does not taste as such black beers from Bohemia - but perhaps it’s more of a Bohemian as a lifestyle. For me, this is an obvious, nice, thin Porter. Brodies_Best (324) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 27, 2012
330 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with little head. Aroma of malt and alcohol. Taste is slightly acidic, not much flavour but has a nice dark chocolate aftertaste.
beer4eternity (226) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 23, 2011
330ml, (229mm tall) bottle. Dark brown hue with a rich deep ruby tint, small beige foamy head quickly diminishes to a thin coffee crema ring. Delicious coffee, cocoa powder, milk chocolate nose with a hint of shea butter and nuttiness. Roasted, toasted almost burnt malt aromas come along with the flavour. Taste is an appealing medium sweet with a moderate to long duration, with subtle but noticeable sourness. Medium body, soft carbonation, lightly oily velvety texture, and a dry slightly astringent finish. Yom yom. Possibly the beer that got me into the world of craft beer 10 years ago when I had it at the brewery. Thanks to Sue for supplying the Wanaka Beerworks trifecta for a pleasant reminiscent walk down memory lane. bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2011
Bottle thanks to dlau. Pours a very dark brown with a smallish tan coloured head. Aromas of roasted grain and a little light bitter chocolate. Some alcohol as well. Flavour is dominated by the roasted grain. A little thin.