Brewed by Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
Style: Barley Wine
Mirboo North. Vic., Australia
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
The Grandfather of Moonshine. This silky smooth scotch ale is believed to be the strongest bottled beer from Australia. Intense, yet beautifully smooth malt flavours will awaken the taste buds and delight the lovers of rich smooth dark ales and barley wines alike. Winner of 9 International medals including best of class trophy in 2003 and GOLD in 2004. 2005 brought dual gold, the premier’s trophy and best in class in the world. This has been followed by more medals in 2006-2010 again. Best enjoyed as the finale after tasting the full range of Grand Ridge pure beers. Excellent with rich plum puddings, mud cake and burnt caramel sauce. Please be careful when tasting the full range or drinking the stronger beers not to drive at all.

ComradeK's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ComradeK (1145) - Sydney, - MAY 11, 2013
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy deep amber, with a small off-white head, which lasts well without leaving much lace. Candied fruit, biscuit malt and floral hops make up the aroma. Floral and mild peppery hops up front lead into a savoury, meaty flavour. Biscuit and rye bread malt in the mid-palate lead into a candied fruit finish. Quite a nice barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Itsumishi (45) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2016
Love this beer. From a stubbie, pours a rich dark amber with of white oily head. Aroma is toffee, plum, booze, scotch, wood. Taste is sweet bread with a medium roasted bitter finish. Palate is medium, oily and smooth. Scrumptious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maris (1392) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2012
From a 330ml bottle on 16/8/2012. Pours a cloudy dark amber with a smallish head. Has a strong malty aroma of toffee, butterscotch and caramel. Very sweet and malty in the mouth, with more butterscotch and toffee, honey, some scotch and a touch of dark fruit. Finishes with a nice, reasonably firm, balancing bitterness. The texture is quite creamy and the 11% abv is quite well hidden. All up, this is a very enjoyable barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2011
Bottle at Papsø. Cloudy orange brown coloured with a small off-white head. Sweet aroma of caramel, dried fruits and cookies. Sweet flavour of caramel and dried fruits with notes of cookies, alcohol and hops. Sweet and warming alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (2142) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JAN 17, 2016
330mL bottle from Yarragon Ale House. Pours a slightly murky deep bronze body, a creamy beige head persists. Aroma is properly rich - treacle, golden syrup, aged port with undertones of sultana, dried fig, touch of nutty rancio, undertones of milk chocolate, plummy esters, touch of booze. Thick, very sweet, syrupy, subdued carbonation, very long on the palate. The palate delivers huge truckloads of sweetness - plenty of treacle & golden syrup once again, vinous Tokay & Port-like dried fruits, slightly nutty, fruity, biscuity finish, lingering warming, bitterness is high yet pales in comparison to the sweetness. Been around a long time, well made stuff, probably a bit lost in the crowd of amazing BW’s on offer down here these days though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mjollnir (398) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2014
330mL bottle. Pours hazy nut brown with a thin, dense off-white head leaving a little bit of lace. Aroma of malt, biscuits, dried fruit, some acidity and a little bite from the alcohol. Caramel, toffee, golden syrup, ANZAC biscuits, high sweetness, mild bitterness and a lingering acidity. Full body, syrupy with soft carbonation and a velvety mouthfeel. Long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
M_Sack (623) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle. Cellared for 2 1/2 years. Deep murky brown, with small but attractive thick cream head. Luscious aromas of biscuit malt burnt caramel, dark brown sugar, chocolate and some fortified wine type alcohol. Sweet brown sugar and caramel dominates the front palate, moving into a roasted malt finish and noticeable, but well integrated alcohol element. I'm usually disappointed with grand ridge, but this is their best offering along with the hat lifter stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40836) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2011
33 cL bottle. Pours cloudy deep amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is roasted malty and slight breadish. Sweet, roasted malty and caramelish. Light breadish note. Bitter and dry roasted malty and hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2011
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Cloudy brown - white head. Sweetness, roasted, berries, light alcoholic, light hoppy, high sweetness, sharpness. Too much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fletchfighters (1410) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2012
2 year old beer Thin here and there but very good balance and a lot going on with this. Chocolate, toffee, nuts, port/ sherry, and dark fruit jam. Worth sitting on when finding a bottle as rewarded a really good beer. Very close to the style and a good beer to sip on

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