donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 11, 2009
500mL bottle, courtesy of the brewery. It pours orangey amber, with a thin off white head that dissipates quickly. DuffMan (10421) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 17, 2009
Aroma is mainly Manuka, and quite sweet.
Flavour is full of Manuka tips, but turns a bit woody and sickly once the nice Manuka fades.
Not much here, except Manuka and sweetness.
Bottle. Pours a deep tea-coloured amber with an orange-tinted head. Very intriguing aroma-- my wife says it smells like homemade ginger cake! Molasses, ginger, allspice are all there. Treacle sweetness with loads of spiciness and a dry medicinal finish. Both of us thought this was delicious. nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark amber with medium of-white head. Aroma of pine, manuka and wood. The flavour is malt and herbs...tastes like tea. I was somewhat partial to the flavour of the beer but after a few sips quite enjoy this. Very different to most beers on the market. Dry finish with a slight astringency. reviled (13) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 19, 2009
An interesting beer that im glad I tried. Nice aroma of manuka, very woody, almost smoky taste to it reminiscent of rauchbier. Slightly astringent but not unpleasant. Finishes with a lingering dryness. Demise (57) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 5, 2009
Pours amber with a decent tan head. Smells quite musty, with manuka shoots and herb very dominant on the nose. Almost like when walking through a forest in the rain. The flavour is a lot cleaner, with the manuka coming through nicely, complemented by a malt base, subtle herb flavours and a vanilla-like sweetness, too light to be honey or caramel. However, it does seem to have quite a woody character to it near the finish and a strange yeast and vegetable finish which is not pleasant on the palate. Unusual, but the earthy characters work and there is just enough sweetness to make it more-ish. Would probably try it again.
douglas88 (9174) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Bottle brought from NZ by Andrew, thanks a ton man for lugging this around the world! Pours a cloudy amber color with a thick head. A very unusual aroma; quite pleasing though, I suspect the manuka is quite strong in the nose. The taste was full of easgoing and tasty tea notes, sweet spruce and light smoke, a huge tea aspect. This was a real find, very interesting. I suspect that it is a kind of novelty beer, but it should be appreciated in its own right. Seven AM with some toast, this would be great. TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 6, 2008
Bottle, pours a copper colour with a pillowy off white head. An unfortunate pungent vegetable aroma, though with some malt sweetness and smokiness. Very woody - resinous and smoky - on a dxry palate. A little different. I’m not if it works, but it is enjoyable to taste. Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2008
(Bottle 50 cl) Hazy, amber golden with an off-white head. Weird tar-like aroma. Medium body with lightly sweet, roasted malt accents, and then again these odd, smoky, tar-like notes - of spruce? The finish is dry. Hmm, more historically interesting than really pleasant. 260108 bozoNZ (778) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 11, 2007
500ml bottle from Halswell New World bb 9/11/07. Murky copper colouring poured with a reasonable head but it burnt off pretty quickly. Plenty of sediment left behind in the bottle too. Toffee-ish nose with hints of garlic & butter. Fairly non-descript palate. Woody dry but quite short. Well carbonated which camoflauges much. Better than one of the earlier batches I tried. yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 1, 2006
Tasted 25/10/2006. 500ml bottle from BrewNZ. Pours an almost bright, perfect rose-gold - very much lighter than I remember from last year (where I forgot to take notes). Light tan head doesn’t stick around for long. Sweet caramel nose, which combined with the spruce could be incorrectly perceived as diacetyl. There’s a little wood, lemon and vanilla also lurking in there. Medicinal notes later. Off-dry in the mouth with light caramel notes in the background and with spicy, slightly woody notes on the palate. Too fizzy to fully get the flavour, even at the end of a slowly sipped glass. Inoffensive but not as interesting as I remember in the past (when I seemed to be about the only person to like it).