mkel07 (3662) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle. Dark copper fruit cake colour witha nice layer of tan foam that fills the nose. Light in the mouth with a spiced fruit flavour that is smooth and velvety with a long lasting finish.
gam (3338) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head medium size colour of ale is misty copper aroma caramel chocolate vanilla smooth malt flavour bitter mild rich start nutty caramel chocolate hoppy fruit taste great on the taste buds finish malty strong to the palate lasting anice bitter
bluevegie (3059) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tried on tap at the Sail & Anchor. Dark copper body with short head. Caramel and crystal malt and figs in the taste, not too rich nor complex, alcohol just noticeable. Drank alright easily sessionable but thats it.
hawthorne00 (2539) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2011 500 ml bottle, 14C. Pours very dark brown with a small creamy beige head. Complex fruit, nut and earth aroma. Tastes barely sweet. No Porto characteristics. Smooth and nutty. Firm finish. Everythingís well integrated. Balanced and nuanced. [4.1]
This one (and last couple Iíve had) is overcarbonated. Fixed by a swirl or three and letting it sit, but a shame. Otherwise lovely deep malts and nice balance the same. Very fine.
Davros (2027) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper/ruby with a very small but lasting head.
Nose is very heavy on the malt, with caramel, golden syrup and figs to be found. Very rich. Nutty and bready notes follow later. Resinous hops are noticeable but struggle to keep up with the malt. Very nice!
Flavours are similarly rich with loads of nutty notes, darker malt (even some prominent roasted barley) and some of the caramel mentioned earlier. Hops really take a back seat here. Finishes with an assertive roasty and hoppy bitterness. Some alcohol is just noticeable.
The body could be a bit richer, with such complex flavours it sometimes becomes watery.
Seems to be a mish-mash of the ESB and English strong ale stryles, with a healthy dose of roasted barley chucked in for good measure.
davidm (1938) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 500ml. Delicious beer. Aromas of chocolate, burnt caramel, and spice. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and good length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Brown colour, with a thin frothy head.
Stew41 (1753) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ok, so I probably got the style wrong. Very much a bitter of steriods with bucket loads of flavour. Beautifully handled malts and hop character, the latter imparting a much bigger impact than what I would typically expect of the genre. Just the faintest touch of fruitcake sweetness is nice and fills the palate out. Fruit character builds right through the palate. Best local beer Iíve had for a while.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with a reddish tinge around the sides. Small creamy tan coloured head. Not much in the way of lacing. Aromas are nutty and quite earthy. Flavours of tosted nuts, some malt sweetness. Reasonably bitter finish, Mouthfeel is just about right, Great beer.
Maris (1019) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 500ml bottle on 26/1/2013. Pours a very cloudy light amber with a small head. Has a very slight aroma of fruit, spice and toffee malt. The flavour features a bit more toffee malt, a bit of caramel, some sweet citrus and dark fruit, a touch of spice, and finishes with a medium bitterness. The palate is a touch watery. Okay, but I was expecting more.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber with a short beige head that doesnít last long. Nose is slightly sweet and fruity with notes of cherries, toffee, berries and boiled sweets. Flavour is similar but has a stronger malt presence. Smooth oily mouthfeel with minimal carbonation and a medium to short finish that starts sweet becoming bitter. I think the style is probably right, this does seem more like an ESA than a bitter, but its very nice nonetheless.