beer-yum (1890) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 18, 2016 Demise (57) - Wellington, - FEB 5, 2009
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Malty aroma in a brown pour. Pretty much what you’d expect from a brew using unconventional ingredients - only better. Full bodied flavour is a little too sweet for my taste - but I’d be happy to have it if it was the only thing going. Hoponmate (309) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 29, 2016
What a strange one. The color is that of an amber ale but more cloudy. Plenty of gingery herbal flavors. Unfortunately I think the tea tree is just a little too over the top and gives it a quite medicinal taste. Unique but for a one time thing. Skarecrow (936) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 28, 2016
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500ml bottle BB 10/9/2016
Malt aroma but not much else.
Poured a hazy light brown with decent head.
Good bitterness that gives way to a smoky burnt Manuka finish.
Pdubyah (791) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 26, 2014
I ended up liking this more than I should. It’s really a palate shocker. Pine spruce, short delivery, but sweet of honey and a finish of smoked something or other. Great persistent head and a lacing to die for. But! it’s a beer that you’d tire of in a hurry it’s just too sweet to the detriment of anything else that is in this, and that a shame. As a Spice beer this is pretty good. As a beer that you get for sailing half way around the world....... no so much gegwilson (3794) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2014
Bottle courtesey of Kate P. A deep chestnut coloured ale with a cream coloured head. Lots of resinours pine aromas and flavours. There’s some caramel in there too. Has an interesting aftertaste that isn’t great. Not bad overall.
sockless (23) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 19, 2013
Pours amber with creamy off white head. Smells like the outdoors. Tastes quite sweet, with a slight spiciness, not very bitter though. Bit of a thin palate, quite dry. I feel that it would go well with salted pork and hard tack, the way Capt. Cook’s men had it. Brodies_Best (324) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 10, 2013
Picked up 500 ml bottle from New World in Christchurch. Pours slightly cloudy amber colour with small creamy head that hangs around. When I first looked at it I thought damn. The aroma was very much like a cider. The initial taste was complex. It was too cold. It was like a journey drinking this. Each sip had something to offer. Overall a nice beer. Palate was light so nothing really lingered. Some of the notes were slight acidic cider in the beginning, the sweet malt, smokey honey, caramel, toffee, ginger and spices as it warmed. Rangi (671) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 27, 2013
Really enjoyed this beer as something new and different. It was a subtle beer with some very nice flavours of rumu and manuka but nothing to over the top. Tonybaldeagle (62) - - JUN 14, 2013
A complex mix of fruity sweet & sour with bite combined in a smooth brew that really delivers a patriotic blend.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Oakes (18794) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2013
Amber and hazy. Aroma is sprucey and molassesy aroma. Sweet and molasses, with spruce character, soft body and a sweet finish.