Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, - DEC 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Phoenix has risen from a pyre than need not have been created in the first place. By this I mean the impetus to produce such a fine and unique beer should not have arisen from the devastation of the Victorian fires. So from adversity comes.............................
A fine beer of character that is really hard to describe. An Imperial Red? No, a beer with obviously high ABV that is balanced so welll with the hallmarks of a beer that simply makes you sigh with enjoyment. Over the years I have desisted more from thinking about the technical aspects of a beer to defer to my enjoyment of a special beer. This one smacks you early with the hop aroma and flavour, but leaves you with the longinh that a well crafted beer of this nature wants to deliver. Sippin and Smilin.
mrjez (357) - Osaka, JAPAN - MAR 17, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
ANZUShophunter (247) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
stoutnick (822) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Ngejo (760) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - AUG 23, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap. Black, frothy, tan foam, medium bitterness, light sweetness, medium body, oily feel, average carbonation, & bitter finish.
M_Sack (582) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
hawthorne00 (3318) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 bottle. Bronze with no head. Not far off still - wonder whether itís 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.
Rangi (670) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
vanvenlo (1652) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Stew41 (1894) - Phuket, THAILAND - JAN 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 Iím not sure if itís worth it.
Davros (2611) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper with a small head.
Nose shows loads of rich sweet malt with caramel, golden syrup and bready melanoidin notes.
Equally rich flavours. Golden syrup, bready malt, booze, toasty notes. The booze is a little harsh/full-on.
Thick body suits the beers well.