madquacker (998) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - SEP 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The first decent beer I’ve had out of Boags for a long time. Decent head and very nice rings of foam appearing as the glass depleted. Balanced and abit of citrus and salt. Thought it was another awful marketing effort at first but is a good beer.
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 7, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Wizard Smith, what a name for a beer; my expectations were low from the moment the lads appeared at the front door with a sixer of this stuff. Pale copper, thin head. Lightly hoppy aroma, showing the typical Boags restraint. The hops are quite earthy, though there are no dirty flavours, in fact there’s not a lot of complexity going on here. A fairly typical English pale ale, quite pleasant to find one fresh and locally brewed.
bozoNZ (716) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 5, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
375ml bottle. Amber golden with a fair milky head that slides down the length of the glass. Slightly herby aroma with a a light bitter waft. Tingly carbonation carries the bitterness. Woddy tainted flavours with a breeze of earthy toastiness. Reasonable.
ALLOVATE (2228) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 3, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A surprisingly easy drinking Bitter from the boys at Boag’s. An advocate of their fair attempt at a Brown Porter, I think this one just compliments itself by being so damn easy to drink. Into a Boag’s stem glass, not too cold. Brightest tawny copper donned off by a loosely fluffy, off-white head that retains well and provides some solid, drabby lace-work. Very soft , dusty, toasted malt and piney, floral, weedy hop nose. It gives off a soft burp of egg to begin with, this doesn’t last! Dry, very piney and dusty, almost gritty, earthy malt and hop palate. Thin, though so very soft in mouthfeel, creamy, almost frothy. Good tangy, drawn bitterness in back. Distant orange rind and white grape taste lingers as does a strong presence of unsalted nuts including more pine. This just teases, it is great Friday night with the lads material. Nicely balanced, with just enough of everything to keep it interesting. Bottom’s up!!! (37,5cL, 26/07/08)
whiterabbit (28) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 3, 2007
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a reasonable head, goldden brown in colour. Bitter to the nose. Very smokey flavour which is pleasant but finishes tasting like a mass produced Ale unfortunately.
jkm (210) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2007
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Coppery red colour with a thin and rapidly dissipating white head. Thin to medium bodied with average carbonation. Sweet maltiness in the flavour. Moderate bitterness. 375 ml bottle. Quite nice.
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2007
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle- Coppery honey colour with and off white head. Light to medium carbonation. Malty and slightly fruity with a mild to medium bitterness in the finish. Quite enjoyable. One of the better Boag’s offerings.
happytadpole (5) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2007 does not count
2.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
light body, thin feel, fizzy. Labelled as a ’Traditional English ale’, but that’s bollocks. This beer has no head and is more like a lager with a suntan than a real ale. Fortunately the taste surpasses the dishwater aroma and is better than most Australian lagers.
Dredd (664) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great nose, very fresh hops, i think this has only been in the bottle days if not weeks courtesy of the dry hopping. Pours with a nice off white head that lingers and honey/amber body. Flavour is slight apricot/bread and some sweet toffee with a balanced hop aftertaste. Carbonation is quite low but not flat and is very pleasant to drink.
DuffMan (5819) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Took the brewery tour in Launceston Tasmania and had this as a pre-release bonus tasting at the end. Our guide even gave me a label for a souvenir (I’m geeky about label collecting too). Anyway, tis was really quite nice! Rich toffee amber, breamy almond head. Toffee and earth/leafy aroma. Decent load of Kent-Goldings to marry with the toffee malt. Delicious-- the highlight of the tour! I don’t think you could possibly get a fresher sample.