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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 2.21/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.37   ABV: -
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2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Winchester (75) - Struggle Town NSW, - DEC 11, 2003
At the Royal Mail in Tewantin. Got sick of XXXX Bitter, had one of these puppies. Not too bad, not too good.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
floydian1 (978) - FNQ, Australia, - APR 22, 2009
Surely this is the version (called XXX) that is only available on tap at the brewery in Brisbane? It is a toffee nutty malty light brown ale with a nice gentle hop bitterness to the finish. Medium-light bodied. Not unlike James Squire Amber Ale. Tons better than the other stuff that this brewery spews out.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - AUG 20, 2007
(draught at the brewery) I’m rating the XXX version, which is supposedly only available at the brewery - not sure how it differs from the XXXX. Nice copper color with small white head and some lace. Mild malt aroma. Flavor is mild caramel malt.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 30, 2005
Looks good, unfortunately the taste doesnt back it up. Nice fluffy white head on top of a rich amber color body. Not enough malt to back up the hops. I’m pretty sure the dreaded pride of ringwood makes an appearance here. It is pretty heavily hopped with these metallic bastards, giving it that nasty, fake, chemically bitter finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bluevegie (3053) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 10, 2004
Compact mainly lasting off-white head on a coppery bronze coloured body. Caramel, nutty, hoppy taste - good but I couldn’t have a session if I was just drinking these.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dredd (690) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2004
This is a surprise, after hearing how truly awful Castlemaine beers are, this turns out to be quite drinkable. The easiest beer to compare this against is the James Squire amber ale (bit of a coincidence that they are both lion nathan beers). There is some nice caramel and malt flavours that are just thick enough not to be watery and not too strong to be sticky sweet. The aroma and bitterness are a tad weak but at $8.50 per 6 pack it is great value.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Winefly (60) - KEW, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2004
not as bad as the gold, but still overdone in the carbonation department. Too many chemicals in this one I think. Its ok if your very drunk!

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2004
I had mine at the Royal Mail in Tewantin as well. The sight of seeing people in a bar ordering stubbies in their polystyrene holders in a pub is always amusing in Queensland. They seem to think that even in an air-conditioned bar that your beer has to be kept icy cold down to the last drop. Anyway, I had a pot of this after a bit of shopping and walking around in the Queensland humidity. Ergo it tasted pretty good. Not a lot more character than any of the others in the stable but still not a bad drop for the time and place.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jahills (151) - Cambridge (Hobart), AUSTRALIA - DEC 27, 2003
Yeah not a bad traditional attempt. Had one in caboolture in queensland. I think it is fair but tastes a little dirty and fake.

1.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Trogdor (196) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2003
nothing special, but a step in the right direction for castlemaine lagers. try it if your looking for something better than xxxx, tooheys new, vb and the like.


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