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James Squire Australian Strong Ale

Formerly brewed at Malt Shovel Brewery (Lion Co.)
Style: English Strong Ale
Sydney, Australia


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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
James Squire Australian Strong Ale is a no-expense-spared beer, brewed to the glowing russet colour of autumn leaves. Crystal wheat and several malted barleys produce deep toasted flavours with a rich toffee edge. Lifted floral hop notes of rare Australian hops complement the profoundly malty, biscuity flavours and the apricot/fig esters created by wild ale fermentation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JagerQueen (123) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2004
Pours a rich red brown color with a fluffy head. Aroma is a combination of smokey sweet, with a faint baking smell. First taste is entirely smokey, but aftertaste is a tasty blend of toffee, caramel and coffee. Almost like a Milky Way...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2004
This is tasty! A very sweet toffee coffee taste. Rich and aromatic, creamy and toffee, with some woodsy smoked aromas and flavors. Some sweet chocholate roastedness in the finish. Bravo!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bathbeer (1) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 9, 2004 does not count
Pours a deep copper, dense white head with a touch of burnt toffy on the nose. Caramal flavour from the crystal, no hops, strongly malt dominated, sweet almost cloying but rich and complex with lovely mouth feel. Finish is clean with a hint of alcohol waming and slightly spicy. would go great with a sticky date pudding.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Choos (729) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2004
Aroma is toasty with stone fruit but very little alcohol. My bottle poured black into the tulip glass with a small beige head but shows reflections of red when the torch shines into it. Roasted malt flavours give way to light fruity flavours along with some malty mocha. This has a noticeable hop bitter aftertaste similar to cascade bittered ales. Decent mouthfeel and fairly well carbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 3, 2004
Copper brown in colour with big toffee spritzy head. Huge port aroma, very malty alchol tatse. An example of English ALe. (Enjoyed on Austrlaia day 2004)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Burnt red in color with a thick beige head and nice lacing. Very pleasent caramel nose. Opens sweet and malty evolving to a spicy and fruity hop finish and a dry alcohol aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Beer pours light cooper brown with off white head that is retained. Aromas is decent, malty but the ABV is a bit too apparant. Flavor is a bit better than the aroma. Flavor is lightly malty with a little bitterness and the brew warms the tummy when it hits. Pretty nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Clear copper with a thin light tan head and a deep caramel malt aroma. Crisp sweet malty body with a light bitterness throughout. Dry finish hides the alcohol quite well. A respectable and drinkable English strong ale from Down Under.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2003
All of the James Squire beers taste the same to me. Average. I need more characters so I am typing this. Nothing else to say.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Winchester (75) - Struggle Town NSW, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2003 As I explore my way through the James Squire range the taste and quality of beer keeps dropping. The worst that Ive had so far. The afteratste was like posion acid burning my tongue!

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