ClarkVV (5137) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2005 2003 bottle, thanks James (mutant). Pours a bright reddish-amber, with some dark browns in there. Great beige head, rich and creamy. Quite clear. Aroma is fairly light, mostly caramelly malt flavors, some rich milk chocolate and some raisins. Flavor is quite sweet (caramel, toffee, raisins, vanilla) with a bit of drying alcohol on the finish. Aside from the alcohol used to dry this one out, it is a surprisingly mellow sipper. True to the English style, there are very little hops apparent, what there are is a bit of earthy, soily flavor. Not the most complex of the style, but what it lacks in complexity, it makes up for in a delightfully rich, yet not overpowering, creamy palate; excellently balanced.
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUL 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2006 Moonshine is a good name for a beer but Supershine? It sounds more like a preparation to rejuvenate your ageing footwear than a name for a beer. OK, good brewers don’t have to be greaqt marketers. Well, apart from the name this beer is a beauty. It sits there brooding in the goblet with its deep plum colour and strangely lasting head, not billowy but satiny. The nose also gives up some plum and a faint dryness like a mild tobacco. The myriad of flavours in the taste don’t compete but complement each other to provide a complex flavour on the tongue and a delightful mouthfeel. The alcohol is not as obvious as one would think, with no feeling of a cloying stickyness. Congratulations Grand Ridge, this is a real winter sipper, which I suppose could be confused with slipper, and therefore the reference to shoes is not so obtuse after all.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear brown, with ruby highlights when held to a light. Great light brown head with good retention. Strong malty chocolate and caramel (toffee) aroma. Smooth thick mouthfeel. Malty sweet taste, though suprisingly balanced. Sweetness is not too cloying. Nice alcohol warmth, great stuff for sipping in this weather.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear, dark red-brown colour with reasonable head retention considering the alcohol content. Great toasty, buttery aroma (mmm... buttered toast) but little else. Quite thick and malty yet reasonably lean at the same time. More buttered toast with a kind of plummy sweetness and a vaguely minty, herbal hop character. A comparison to Moonshine must be made here. Supershine has far better balance and much less of the cloying sweetness of Moonshine, yet it loses the strong maltiness that makes Moonshine interesting. It’s kinda frustrating in that if they combined the balance, dryness and toastiness of Supershine with the fat maltiness of Moonshine (without the over-sweetness) they’d have something really good. As it is, Supershine is another reasonable, but boring, strong ale. And again - why don’t they bottle condition this???
omhper (22623) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, thanks duff!Deep ruby, Surprisingly rich head for an 11% beer. Traces of of chocolate. Richly malty and sweet with deep soft warming mouthfeel and a short salty finish.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 7, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Opaque brown red with a small short lasting head. Big molasses and roasted malt and faint fruity aroma - not much alcohol considering the high ABV. Medium rubbery body. Medium sweetness big caramel molasses and roasted malt with some vegemite yeast flavours. Overall impression is a tad on the raw side lacking a bit of balance and smoothness. Might be an interesting one to try to age.
AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2004 this 11% brew has a dark amber red colouration, with a nice tight head. the aroma consists of a warm caramel chocolate aroma with some dark fruit esters and port like character also present in the nose.
once on the palate the sweet chocolate caramel maltyness is very apparent. slight vegemite, winey, and hop flavour, with more bitterness seeming to come from the roasted malts. alcohol is present but in no way overpowering, just a strong warmth in the background.
Trogdor (196) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2004 chocolatey and slightly caramel malt with honey-dew melon, dark cherry and honied aromas as well as a light hint of salty yeast.
really dark amber almost red colouration with small creamy head.
choc/cara malt with cherry, honey, plum and slight salty flavours finishing spicy and mildly bitter.
smooth med/full mouthfeel finishing lightly dry.
awesome beer, I believe it's the best aussie beer that i've tried. you feel rather than taste the 11%abv, it's slowly alcohol warming character makes this a contemplative beer. It starts choc/honey/cara malt then progresses to a nicely roasted and lightly floral hop bitter with some nice alcohol spiciness.
bluevegie (3070) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tawny brown colour with a short tan head that didn't hang around. Strong bonox and also malty aroma. Taste is of chocolate, raisins, caramel and alcohol. Quite like this beer as it is full flavoured and has a long finish.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This stuff is just plain awesome! The downside is that I only had one bottle to enjoy. Great roasted creamy flavor, with some sweet hops to balance things out. The alchohol is very well masked. Lots of raisins, toffee, chocolate, carob, and lots of honey. Wonderful to sip on a cold winter night, watching the snow fall.