DuffMan (5196) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2009
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the brewery on our recent return visit to Perth and the Swan Valley. One of two seasonals on offer. Clear brassy golden, average white cap. Grainy aroma with hints of apple fruit. Grainy flavour that is a touch toasty, the same hint of apple fruit, low bitterness.
bluevegie (3004) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another poorly lasting head on a copper honey coloured body. Much better balanced than the former beer as I was expecting this to a bigger tasting beer. Mainly malt showing, touch grainy, burnt toffee on a light to medium body. Nothing outstanding but overall easily drinkable as the alcohol is there but not interfering.
ALLOVATE (2105) - Butler, AUSTRALIA - AUG 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
When is hot alcohol a good thing? For some unknown to myself reason it aided this little rocket-fuelled monster. Only 6.4%, but f’firks ’ake it was heady. Poured a bright tawny copper with minimal carbonation and minimal head retention. Light laxed trace of white daubed the glass here and there. Toffeeish, warming, sticky date pudding nose dowsed with clear spirits. Strong kick of hot alcohol in the mouth with a levelled malt, wood, and toffee backbone. Bitter, burnt fruit, pecan pie and a ship load of cough medicine add to its extremities. Finish has again alcohol but it is more controlled, warming and harbouring some pleasant berry, nut and pale malt flavours, and is overall smooth to its credit. Body is treacly, not overly big and very light in carbonation. It hasn’t got the flavour to hold the alcohol, but again for some reason it works as a strong lager. Went well with my Schweinn Haxe, and the fact it was cold and windy outside. Good effort overall.