highlandlad (1418) - Blue Mountains, - DEC 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
If the first beer of the new year is an omen, 2014 is going to be a ripper. This well-travelled Australian-Norwegian collaboration has effectively done a round-the-world trip - from Australia to Norway in a wine barrel and back again by bottle. It’s an atypical quad with a hint of De Dolle (as someone smarter than me points out below. I love the De Dolle range, so we’re off to a flyer.) Lovely appearance: walnut brown with a persistent head. Rich aroma with obvious barrel and red wine notes from the barrel maturation on the trip to Norway. Shiraz barrels would be my guess - definite white pepper on the nose. Also present: blackcurrant, ginger ale and sherbet. The sherbet hints at a sour-sweet character which becomes fully apparent on the tongue. There, the beer reveals itself as an extravagant blend of brown sugars and fruity acids. There are sour cherries, turpentine, shiraz, perhaps even white rum. The body is lush and marshmallow soft. I love beers that take my palate into unexplored territory and this is one of those. Exceptional. (250ml bottle courtesy of Allovate of Perth via Bergstaden of Norway - immense thanks to both for the experience. Batch 866B. BB: 20/12/17)
Shark_Pants (264) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Was warned by the shop attendant at Barny’s that this one is a gusher and he wasn’t wrong. Pours dark murky cola brown with ruby and orange highlights and a huge persistent mocha head. Red wine is very obvious in the aroma, along with stewed dark fruits, caramel and some apple cider vinegar astringency too. Incredible taste - strong red wine, port wine and oak notes, muscovado sugar, prunes, caramel, hazelnut, soy and a light apple cider vinegar. The initial sweetness is nicely balanced by the light acidic astringency and dryness from the oak in the finish. Nice and full bodied. Best Aussie beer I’ve had, simple as that.
rodenbach99 (3264) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brassée le 20.12.12 et meilleure avant le 20.12.17, une bière forte supplémentaire (extra strong beer). Une robe brune-rouge passablement trouble. Un nez de fruits macérés dans le vin rouge et surtout du bois trempé suite à de longues pluies tropicales. Une bouche boisée aux relent fruité et une finale poussiéreuse aux accents astringentes qui gâche tout.
SlovakSniper (3369) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Brassée le 20.12.12 et meilleure avant le 20.12.17) La mousse est éruptive. La couleur est sans doute fidèle au style. Le nez est chocolaté, vineux, acide, épicée et parfumée par les cerises. La bouche flirte avec les Flandres. Présence intéressante de vin, de chêne, d’épices, de caramel et de chocolat. Le corps est crémeux et souple. La finale apporte des notes aigres, des fruits et de la réglisse. Agréable comme tout. Facile à boire. Dans le style des bières artistiques, certainement au-dessus de la mêlée. Merci à Kevin pour la bouteille.
anders37 (17535) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel woody aroma. Fruity malty woody wine spicy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty weak sour woody caramel finish.
rollerton (97) - SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from SB. Pours very much head, when I opened it it kind of "exploded". Wery much wine in aroma, taste is complex with a lot of flavours. A good beer to just enjoy!
tmrmwel (1058) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, batch 866b. Pour an almost opaque brown with an enormous brown head that eventually settles at finger thickness. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, bread and toffee. A bit like walking down an old vineyard cellar with dark wood and oak, through a nut storage and then a whiff of an old storage room containing old debris like nuts, smoke and some old sailing ship ropes. Which can’t be all that bad. Creamy body, with soft carbonation. Flavour is sweet and massive with roasted malts, some earthy notes and tons of prunes, figs and dark fruits, as well as muscovado, soy sauce and dark chocolate which overall makes it a bit too sweet.
vancurly (1) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 10, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted first at the brewery, then at home with some takeways.
For mine Australia’s finest offering at present, and enough for me to sign up to this site and start proselytising.
The profile is profound. The aromas jump from preserved red berries to wooden barrels to empty red wine bottles. Ideally consumed in a Chesterfield lounge, in slippers with a faithful retriever at your feet. But a warm Sydney spring day is still good.
Flavours expand on the nose. Dry porcini and Christmas cake. Kinda the way your mouth would feel after a day in Rutherglen.
Great collaboration. More please...
neuromatt (1169) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
25 cL bottle from the Kensington Wine Market in Calgary, served In a chalice. The nose has big molasses and oak, along with toasted malts, raisins, figs, and a hint of tart fruit. The flavour is medium sweet with molasses, oak, figs and roasted malts, along with a hint of sour cherry in the finish and just a touch of salt. The finish is long and roasty with tart fruit and oak. On the palate it is medium-full in body with a smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall a great oak-aged quad with just a hint of sour fruit. 2014-09-28
b3shine (5840) - Indiana, USA - SEP 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
250 ml bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs; thanks DuffMan). Looks good for the style; a murky dark amberish brown with foamy light beige head. Smells good too; dark pitted fruit, Belgian yeast, and oak with a spicy vinous presence. Tastes like it smells with a dry, vinous mouthfeel. A great example of the style.
daje (2609) - NORWAY - SEP 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Well prepared after hearing stories about this beer developing a wild carbonation I chilled it to about 1c and opened it outside. A bit lively, though luckily didn’t spray all over the place. Dark red to brown body, pretty big offwhite head, could clearly have cauesd a mess had it been warmer. Aroma of cherries, roasted malt, wood. Taste is slightly sour, though a sweet toffee presence keeps it in balance. Tart berry and yeast notes, red wine, coffee. Nice thick body, warm sweet slightly sour aftertaste. A really nice one.