Kina Stout
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 05.09.17 on tap
42 / 100
(Not Great)
On tap at GABS festival 2017.

Pours a coffee colour, quite dark with glints of colour around the edges. Cream-coloured thin rim of lace, but no real head of which to speak. Pretty meh.

Smells sweet, like too sweet. Cake batter with a big sort of milky chocolate character. Quite a touch of salt to it too. Smells weird, and not in an intriguing way.

Taste is also a bit weird. Chocolate malt character upfront that's a little darker while retaining that sweetness. Sour towards the back with some odd spice notes - clove and star anise largely. Not much else; maybe slightly savoury. Not terrible but really not a lot to it.

Thin body, especially for the size. No rough edges but feels a bit insubstantial.

Yeah, has a weird sensation all over it, a little bit salty and a little bit unpleasant. Interesting idea but I think it needs more roasty stout oomph in order to carry it off.
appearance: 2.5 | aroma: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.0 | drinkability: 2.5
Kina Stout
Reviewed by Jez on 15.07.17 on tap
35 / 100
Tried in a taster at GABS 2017. A stout infused with NZ sea urchin.

Pours a dark brown colour, with some haze in the body. Weight is decent, although the carbonation is very minimal. Head is just a thin ring of beige. It's a little insipid overall, but not bad.

Nose has a spicy aniseed character that almost suggests a bit of wild funk. Otherwise, there are standard stouty characters of dry, dark malts that turns perhaps a little savoury due to the urchin infusion. It's a bit underwhelming.

Aniseed again in the front of the palate, with not body to back it up. Indeed, it jumps from a thin, dry mid-palate to a strong acidity on the back; something not promised in the description, so I can only assume it's a mistake. Finish has lemon and smashed acidity. Nope.

Feel is thin, but the acid really wrecks the palate as well.

This doesn't work for me. Why the acid? Intentional or not, it doesn't work with the rest of the beer, but given they don't even mention it in the description, I can only imagine it's a mistake. Which makes it worse.
appearance: 3.0 | aroma: 2.5 | taste: 2.0 | feel: 3.0 | drinkability: 2.75