gnoff (7036) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Boag’s Brewery and Centre For Beer Lovers, Launceston, Tas. Sampled on August 5, 2013.
Clear amber color, teal head. Sweet, malty, fruity, caramel, toffee taste. Caramel, toffee aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Sweet, malty, fruity scent.
DuffMan (5795) - 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.
bluevegie (3030) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2007
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The latest special release from J.Boag pours a lovely clear honey colour with a average size off-white head. Not too fussed in the aroma though, taste is sessionable, moderate hop flavours that outdo the malts, slightly metallic and a little thin.
ALLOVATE (2221) - 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)
jonno (2014) - JAPAN - FEB 6, 2010
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Rating from 2007. Nose is faint. A bit of english hops and manufactured toffee. In the mouth it is thin, with burnt toffee and off flavours prevalent in macro beers of the ilk. To be honest could pass as a pale lager in the way it comes through.
Stew41 (1624) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Must be this mob’s best beer? Not much of a claim of course! The Golding hops are used to great effect and provide a very genuine English Ale feel with nice earthy / grainy flavours running right through the palate. Malts revert back to macro averageness and there is too much fizz, but, not a bad effort from these guys.
highlandlad (1394) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - NOV 13, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Seems a fair approximation of the style the brewer has set out to create. However, the end result is a lot duller than the tale of Wizard Smith warrants. Poured a nice translucent amber with above-average head retention for an Aussie macro ale. Strong aroma of Goldings, earthy and yet with plenty of authentic English bottled ale fruitiness. Just wish I liked the smell of English bottled ales more. Bit figgy, perhaps with a splash of Ribena. Typical light session ale body. Bit fizzier than an English bitter but not overdone. Some nutty English-style malts and a soft Goldings buzz in the finish. Good on them for giving it a go, but I won’t seek this one out. (375ml bottle from Liquor on Parade, Kingsford. BB 26/7/08)
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - SEP 10, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
They must have spent an absolute packet in the marketing of this beer. Most of the grog shops I visit have the little booklet that rabbits on about how Smithy saved the horses and just got bloody job security for saving the beasts. Should have called it AWA ale in honour of one of the first negotiated working conditions. It agreement with San Miguel that they won’t show up the putrid piss from the Philippines. Apart from the colour and a hint of slight biscuity malt countered by the merest smattering of hops this one is a further sub-par offering. I agree that this is an inoffensive enough beer but for all the hype and marketing that has gone into this I am yet again disappointed. This one will die soon like most of the other ’special’ beers from Boags. Those of us who like variety are unimpressed and those who drink the macro produced crap will simply ignore this. They could at least have renamed the so-called hero Potter so the JK Rowlings fans had something to underage drink.
Lunkie (1309) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sweet malt hop aroma. Red amber colour with good head and lacing. Malt hop flavour with bitter aftertaste. Fizzy palate.
madquacker (995) - 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.