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Hargreaves Hill Phoenix

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Brewed by Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company
Style: American Strong Ale
Steels Creek, Victoria, Australia
Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Imperial Red Ale. Formerly 9.3% ABV. Third batch released December 2014. 2014 vintage limited to a handful of kegs and 500 earmarked, waxed 75,cL bottles.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (2018) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2016
Vintage 2015 750mL WAX SEALED!!! bottle from Slowbeer No. 332/500 Deep copper body, creamy beige head is persistent. Rich aroma - hops tend to dominate with spicy wood, pine, bitter orange & ripe melon notes, with dark caramel, toffee, biscuit & buttery malts amongst it. Thick creamy body, long lingering palate, warming, slick on the back-palate, not shy to show is size. Body is very (American) barley wine-like - stack of sweet burnt caramel, toasted nutty malt, vinous red fruits amongst pine & citrus hop. Earthy bitterness has a strong grip about it, lingering on a warm finish. A formidable brew for sure - almost Wee Heavy with its dark rich maltiness - would make a tremendous prospect for the cellar.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrjez (406) - Osaka, JAPAN - MAR 17, 2016
From old notes. Third batch, on tap at the brewery pub, Mar 2015. A lovely strong red-amber, low head. Big aroma of pine, caramel, spices, breads malts. Taste is decent, malt-forward and earthy, a touch of booze, done residual sweetness, moderate hop lingering, floral bite. A medium somewhat chewy mouthfeel, nuttiness comes out, a lot of scotch ale or heavy ESB to it. Not perfectly finessed but does plenty of things and nails most of them.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ANZUShophunter (267) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2016
From 2014 bottle in tulip glass. Still had some nice hoppy aroma from the volatiles and retained a decent head. Citrus notes with a touch of smoked hickory. Finish reminds me of a good ESB. Very enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutnick (826) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 14, 2015
Rich red brown coloured pour. Subtle hop presence aroma. Taste is Syrupy sweet with a fruity hop whack. Very interesting. Big on palate. Has a real American english cross! But not super drinkable - bit too much of a solvent alcohol vibe here. Overall good but not great.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ngejo (883) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - AUG 23, 2014
Tap. Black, frothy, tan foam, medium bitterness, light sweetness, medium body, oily feel, average carbonation, & bitter finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M_Sack (605) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2013
Deep ruby brown with a thin cream head and heavy lacing. Beautiful aromas of burnt caramel, biscuit and nuts. Delicious aromas of cherry cola moving into bitter chocolate, biscuity malts and nuts. The alcohol just pokes its head out toward the end of the beer however it is has such a luscious mouthfeel and pleasantly dry finish that it doesn't detract. The beer is so wonderfully balanced that the delicious aroma and flavours bought about by the huge malt bill don't lead to any unpleasant sweetness. Brilliant beer. Thanks to one of my best mates who purchased it at the brewery to celebrate the pending arrival of my first born.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (3416) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2013
2012 bottle. Bronze with no head. Not far off still - wonder whether it’s properly carbonated despite the mountain of wax. Powerful aroma of dried fruit (raisins, plums, figs) , pine and spices. Some coffee and alcohol. Dried fruit, burnt sugars, strong pine and herbal bitter notes. Booze sticks out a bit - I would have guessed 12%+. Complex and quite intense flavours and really quite bitter. Getting towards taxing, but plenty going on and coherent enough to actually drink.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rangi (670) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 16, 2013
Over all this was a big thick syrupy beer. Enjoyable drink to savour on a coldish day with some nice alcoholish warmth that creeps up toward the end of the glass.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vanvenlo (1699) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2013
East of Everwhere (on tap-8-Jan-13) Sweet malt bubblegum candy stone fruit, floral pine hop and slight sour aroma. Brown red colour, nice head and sheet lacing. Big sweet toasted wiod malt and pineapple flavour. Bitter pine hop finish and spiritous pine spice aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stew41 (1907) - Phuket, THAILAND - JAN 1, 2013
Travelling really well but I wonder whether cellaring has done much? Palate strength is good, if not of the mind blowing intense kind, but very good balance and hits all corners of the mouth. Some fruit cake (subdued), licorice, bitter coffee, a fair bit happening really. Can keep for a couple more but I’m not sure if it’s worth it.


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