thebaron99 (110) - Royston Park SA, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch # Oct 1st1998. Rated &consumed 3rd Oct 2001.
Medium aromatics of demerara, but floral overtones of hyacinth/fushia lighten the mood. A very, rounded clean palate will follow a sip or a gulp, yet circulate the strong flavours of oak, red roses, port and dutch licorice.
I am not worthy..4.9/5
Batch # October 2001 Rated October 2001
Green nose and subsequent juvenile head and toffee appley crappy. Get the hint. It does travel well & in time, (brown bottle, stable brew) is brilliant. Kick it toward the 18 month premium ’Use By’ and experience the birth of a magnificent ale. 3.9/5 ReRate Batch# 4-Oct-2002. The first Vintage batch from the new premises. Different again. A mid sienna colour with a definate green tinge. No head to speak of and no lacing.Lightly fizzy with stong aroma of egg, grass, orange. Well hidden alcohol 7.5%, flavour hints of cardamon,grapefruit, must and cigarboxes. Smooth bitterness is still very green flavoured and needs at least another year to develop. Very clean strong finish. Well made. $60AUS 24x375mls, Get’em while their hot!
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2003 Batch #1 October 1998
The beer pours somewhat hazy deep amber, the head small and semi-creamy and the color a winsome light tan with the lace forming a thin veil to conceal the glass. The aroma of ripe plums, sweet malt and a bit of musk also seems present; start is quite sweet, rich in malt with the top middling in its feel to the palate. Mildly acidic finish with a nice hop spiciness, very dry like the Australian Outback.
(Batch # 3 October 2000)
A nice translucent golden amber color on the pour, the head modest in size, light tan in color, the lace fine sheets that cover the glass. The aroma of malt dominates the nose, a tad brandy like, fresh, crisp and somewhat sweet, pleasing in its own right. Sweet malt start, top middling in feel, finish pleasantly acidic, hops purposeful in their spiciness, dry linger aftertaste, and a "Damn" good drinking beer.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 17, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown gold color, medium head. Full bodied ale. Malty and fairly hoppy. Somewhat fruity, with a very strong dry finish. Very nice balance. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is very dry. Aftertaste is slightly malty. Finish is more champagne like than beer. Interesting beer. Some alcohol bite at 7.1%
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2000: Not spectacular, but also not outstanding. The malt makes it a bit sweet. I noticed some green apple and some of the yeast. I’ve had worse, but I had hoped for a bit more.
johninmelb (1116) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad for this style of ale. I had the 2000 vintage and it may have benefited from a bit of lying down time. Still, I wouldn’t buy it in bulk - I’d go the sparkling ale from the same brewery every time.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 1, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nothing, I mean Nada special about this. At three dollars a bottle I would expect more. Nice rocky head with a very light amber hue. The texture is light as well. Lightly malted and very little hop prescence as in none at all. 7.1% is well hidden but doesn’t need to be. All in all very dissapointing.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2000: The alcohol is semi-hidden. My bottle was supposed to have peaked in April, 2002, so I’m 3 months too late - must’ve been that long boat voyage from Australia that held it up. The malts are milder than expected here and I’d recommend this for those who like a mild taste with alcohol hidden.
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2004 2000 bottle: Nothing like any English ale I’ve ever tasted, I really don’t know where to put this one, somewhat reminiscent of de koninck but with a nicer malt flavour, aging has made for a very mellow full bodied ale, nicely disguising the alcohol content. re rate: 2004 bottle, just a few months old, has similar charcteristics to my description of the 2000 bottle, a heavy ale with hints of toffee and alcohol vapours; strong yeast presence adds an extra, almost belgian dimension.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 16, 2002
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled version: 2000 vintage. Pale orange. Aroma of alcohol, almonds, merengue and rubber.
Tones of almonds, apples and chocolate in the flavor. Bitter finish.
Roisterer99 (24) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A fine aged ale that was much milder on the palette than I had originally expected. Certainly worth laying down for 12 months or so.