highlandlad (1443) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - NOV 26, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
I liked the concept of this "multigrain" beer much more than the execution. It uses worts drawn from a range of cereals, including oats, rye and wheat, besides the traditional barley. However, pasteurisation kills off any of the subtle distinctions that the brewing technique might have produced. It poured a bright burnt orange colour with a short film of large bubbles and a daub of lace. The aroma achieves a double no-no by being faintly light-struck, thanks to the clear bottle, and pasteurised. Besides skunk and burnt sugar, the aroma showed an appetising English nuttiness and honey. On the tongue, it has a lively fruity tang initially and some nuts before being overwhelmed by that burnt sugar pasteurised taint. Moderate carbonation and fairly gentle in the finish. This must be more interesting in the cask version, but the bottle goes down as another victim of the curse of pasteurisation. (500ml bottle, Camperdown Cellars, bb 9/11/05)
ALLOVATE (2685) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bland, boring and bastard pasteurised offering from this otherwise decent brewer. Not to say there was anything disagreeable about it, indeed it went down with blind speed, but it just had nothing going for it. Poured a brilliant ísunnyí gold with large globules of bubbles that clung firmly to the glass, with the odd one popping to the surface where its foaming head should have been!!! Very soft and subtle honey, cracked pepper, wheat and haystack chaff nose with a tangy vinegar note that wasnít in the product deScription. Initial, strange grainy mix in the mouth thats flavour died off after the first sip and before I could note it, I suppose like íjatzí crackers and Anzac biscuits. Medium-light bodied and yet oddly watery, the soda-pop carbonation didnít help further things. Slightly zesty and metallic towards the back before a short, crisp, gassy swallow. It just managed to put my taste-buds to sleep as it lacked in any real flavour, even as it warmed. I donít know if it was a bad sample, but by the look of the other ratings it may have just been the norm. Disappointing!!! (50cL, 11/01/06, Intíl Beer Shop)
bluevegie (3068) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Honey copper body with a fairly poor head. Some wisps of lacing. Not a strong aroma, mainly hops with a bit of caramel. Medium bitterness in the flavour, grainy, body is only lightweight but pleasant enough to drink. Oddly enough it does remind me of multigrain bread.
harrisoni (15649) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. cant tell you why i liked this but i did. nice cereals some ginger spiciness dry hoppy finish. drinkable
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong fruity nose (figs?). Rich golden colour. Smooth mouthfeel. Flavour is rich and sweet and, again, very fruity. I liked it.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Faint aroma. Nice colour, but the frothy head soon disappeared. Light malty taste with a sour finish. Not bitter enough.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 10, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Amber colour with a big off-white head. Weak fruity aroma and a grainy sweet malty taste. Medium body and a hoppy finish.
Ungstrup (30970) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
An orange beer with a white head. The aroma is sweet with notes of fruit and caramel, while the flavor is sweet malty and slight hoppy note in the end.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber colour with a white head. Malty aroma with some fruity sweetness. Mildly malty flavor with some grain. Finish is more hoppy.
fiulijn (16658) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Amber color. It has a poor aroma; very simple ale; surprisingly it has a light cappuccino aroma