I've been doing a little hard work on vacation researching beer in New Zealand. I'm happy to report that so far it's been very good on the whole and occasionally excellent. For example, I recently ordered a flight at the Free House in Nelson, and one beer in particular stood out.
Renaissance Brewing in Blenheim produces a Chocolate Stout with cacao nibs. The flavor and aroma were amazing. Very smooth and aromatic. Looking forward to experimenting with cacao stout.