Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a hazy dark amber with a yellowy off-white small head that faded quickly. Complex aroma of smokey toffee (mapple syrup), stewed plums, raisins, it smells sticky sweet. Not much hop detectable, and some dark bread notes in the background. It’s almost too much. Smooth flavour that is more restrained than the nose suggests. Some background forresty hop flavours support subdued raisins, black bread, and stewed rhubarb and apples. Hop bitterness is low but complex. Very smooth and creamy in the mouth. Really a very good beer.
Lunkie (1507) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malty aroma. Dark gold colour with no head. Spicy malt long flavour. Flat palate.
farmboy (218) - Barwon Heads, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad at all. I chilled my bottle perhaps a little too much, which took away some of the flavour but I’d have this again no probs.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, at the Australian Hotel, Sydney.
Murky, golden brown coloured body with a generous beige head. Unexpectedly hoppy aroma. Drinks well and is bottled conditioned with loads of sediment. Nice beer had with Sully as we warmed up for the Sydney gathering, held later that night at Paddy’s Brew Pub.
Trogdor (196) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
lightly estery with sweet honey on the nose.
amber with a small head.
honied malt and sweet/floral hops.
not a bad sessional.
AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2004 Light amber with fluffy light head. Caramel, dark honey and toast on the nose. The malt was almost cloying, with the floral hops drying the palate just in time to save it, good beer
Spanner (60) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A quality Australian ale which succeeds admiribly. Full-flavoured without being to heavy. Man.
Winefly (60) - KEW, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
tried this one just after the Gippsland Gold and it was slightly better. I didnt like the flavour however it reminded me of a dried out off fruitcake.
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Large sightly off-white coloured head, deep gold colour, zero sediment in bottle. Aroma was largely of sweet caramel malt and honey. Flavour dominated by sweet caramel malt, biscuity, seems lacking in hops but it could be a dodgy bottle judging from the other ratings. A bit unbalanced but still pretty nice.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I never realised before but now I am pretty sure that this is exactly the same beer as Gippsland Gold. Why they would bother I have no idea. Toffee, caramel malt aroma. Solid maltiness, then late bitterness. See notes for Gippsland Gold.