bozoNZ (719) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A pretty middle of the road beer. Average in most aspects, drinks a little lighter that it’s abv would suggest. Doesn’t really stand out in any aspect
solidfunk (3004) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle says 2008. Pours dark brown with thick chunks of sediment, dead yeast floating around. Looks like Abbaye des Rocs. Tastes like honey, and oldness. There’s some nice softened barley taste. A little bit of bitterness at the end but follow through is light. Bottle from Lebanon Health Food Store, NH.
Parksy (123) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 16, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
From a bottle - 2008 year. Good, but not great. Reminded me of my trip to Australia, which was a bonus!
RichardW (1372) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 bottle, Rehills, Ncl. Strong sweet ’meaty’ aroma and taste. A full bodied strong ale, with a lovely softness on the palate. Ripe dark fruit flavours, with a hint of chalk in the finish, great mouthfeel, tastes quite British in flavour, but an absolute cracker of an Aussie beer.
Lilja (1393) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smak och doft av karamell, godis, röda bär, toner av tobak, trä och laktris, fruktig.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home, from the Pipeline Pours clear dark tawny, with a reddish flash. Thick off-white head, soft lacing Nose is many faceted; red berries: raspberry, blackberry, currant, cherry, bubblegum. Flavours oflight red fruits, red and black licorice, currants, tobacco, and steely prunes. A fine beer, if a bit of a downer...
BlackHaddock (3183) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a BA review of Aug 2008: 2007 Vintage, 375 brown bottle. Poured into one of my Duvel glasses, just to watch how the beer copes. This may be a bit early for an 07 brew, but I was thirsty and wanted to try it out.
Even though I poured slowly, a fair amount of sediment flew into the glass, I had intended to have a clear beer and then half way through add the ’bits and pieces’ that remained. Bugger!
I now had a dark orange cloudy beer with black grimbly bits floating around looking for a fight. On top of the body sat an off white thin scum of foam. Luckily anything in a Duvel glass tends to look a Million Dollars to me, although a score of 3 is about fair for this beer.
The aroma was of toffee and Dolly Mixtures (the little sweets). Not your normal Aussie beer smell that’s for sure. Thank goodness the sweetness fell away as the beer warmed and some beery aromas arrived later.
My tastebuds picked up a sourness and bitterness that were completely hidden in the original smells. It tasted like a proper beer, even though it had an aroma from a sweet shop. Not bad, not bad at all. Not sure an English Strong Ale is what I tasted, but it was a fine beer whatever bracket you want to label it in.
The alcohol obviously comes through in the mouthfeel, but it isn’t OTT and you can tell this is a well crafted beer. Complexed, interesting and contrasting flavours make this a beer to drink slowly and enjoy to the full.
Most likely the best Aussie beer I’ve ever had (only been once). I wonder what flavours are around if you cellar one for a few years?
Miksu (4830) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - APR 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.375 l bottle (vintage 2010) from Systembolaget. Hazy dark amber color. Toffeish and fruity aroma with passion fruit, orange and tart fruity alcohol. The flavor is pretty much the same. Some wine gums in finish. Medium body, light drinkability for this strength. Nice complex fruitiness.
note666 (1099) - Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS - APR 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 - 04 - 04 375ml bottle. hazy orange golden colour. small white head. spicey aroma. sweet, light bitter taste.
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this many times over the years, the first being in AUS back in 2001. I don’t think I have ever had one fresh. This brew definitely improves with age. I have bought a couple cases and tried one every month or two. Sweet malty with light amber color, the 2007 I just tried had a little sour/oxidation note that worked well.