imaragingbull (570) - Sydney, - SEP 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 version. Pours deep amber brown with eggshell head. Aromas of peated malts, caramel sweetness, nuts, grains and hay. Med full body, big peaty character, slick oily mouthfeel caramel toffee sweetness, peppery character, hops lightly prominent, but the peat takes the stage, roasted malts finishing out the complexity of this finish
Niksko (322) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 14, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a murky orange brown with just stupid amounts of velvety off white head. I think this one was accidentally over carbonated, because the head was just absurd.
At least that giant head gave off heaps of aroma. Nose is super peaty, like a mix between band-aid and burnt rubber. It’s also slightly boozy, with some stone fruits and citrus from the hops. Nose is alright, but it’s dominated by the peat.
Once the head dissipated I could actually give the thing a taste. There’s lots of malt sweetness and a good dose of citrus from the hops, like you’d expect in any good barleywine. There’s also some more of that peaty burn rubber/band-aid flavour, with a nice dose of bitterness on the finish.
Carbonation as I said was over the top, and mouth feel is pretty syrupy and heavy.
Honestly, the excessive peat is too much for me. There are some great flavours there, but they’re overtaken by the peatiness.
Maris (981) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2014 From a 330ml bottle on 8/10/2013. Pours a cloudy deep amber with a huge head out of the bottle, which thankfully eventually subsides. The aroma is dominated by peat - like sniffing a Laphroaig, with just a touch of caramel and butterscotch. This is a sweet and complex beast in the mouth, with citrus and stone fruit, honey, marmalade, and toffee all featuring. The peatiness is also prevalent in the flavour, and there’s a big, lingering hop bitterness valiantly battling against the prevailing sweetness. The texture is oily and the body full. Being a HopDog, it’s a bit over carbed. These guys really need to get this problem fixed, as it happens too regulalry with their beers. Notwithstanding this minor quibble, this is an amazingly complex dessert beer, and dangerously quaffable for 10.5%. Outstanding stuff. Rating 4.2.
Re-rate 24/3/2014. No carbonation issue with this one! This is one sensational, sweet/bitter nectar. Rating 4.3.
Re-rate 5/5/2014. The carbonation is good again. The complexity on display here is simply amazing. Arguably the best Aussie beer I’ve had to date. In fact one of the best beers I’ve tried period.
Chrishrt30 (98) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber with a ridiculous rocky white head, so hard to pour.
The nose is dominated by peat and stone fruits, like a bandaid and medicine smoothie.
Candy and marshmallows that have been peat smoked. Dried apricots and so much alcohol, a thick, doughy malt beast.
The finish is all malt, a little hop bitterness to cut through the massive sweetness.
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Sevenlee (1294) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear dark amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, plenty of peat, citrus, caramel and hops. Taste is medium sweet leading to a peaty and lightly bitter finish. Pretty good stuff.