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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2003
Upon pouring the beer a crystalline burnished copper color with a majestic light tan head and creamy texture. As the head dissolves a fine sheet of lace forms and seals the glass nicely. Nose sweet malt, fresh and clean with a slight hint of caramel, quite pleasant to the olfactory and ocular senses, start is sweet malt, the top middling in feel. Finish has a mild carbonation with the hops persistent in their spicy bite, quite dry aftertaste that also hints of the high ABV, by leaving a slight but enjoyable alcohol bitterness on the palate, all in all a darn good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dredd (836) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2003
Great Ale, nice sweet malty flavour, great aroma and mouth feel. Probably the best ale in Australia behind the Coopers Vintage Ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PEAK (14) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2003
This is a good ale and best of the squire collection. Good bitterness. Maybe slightly thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Betty (236) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2003
I like this one quite a lot. It's a shame it's all over now (according to my buddy at Camperdown cellars). The malt is way fresh and a little burnt with milo and crumbled coffee beans. The strength is perfect cause you can swig it walking along King street with your buds. I'll miss you (you too King St).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
SilkTork (5567) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2003
Bottle - gift from Duff. Yumm! This actually tastes and smells stronger than it is - it even burns a bit as it goes down. I found this to be a tasty ale with a vintage raisin aroma and quite noticable sweetness up front. I liked this, but found the flaws grabbing for my attention all the time. The alcohol is too noticable, the sweetness too crude, and the balance is way off - the malts and the hops seem to exist in different time zones! But, somehow, despite all that, I liked it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
winkle (478) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 31, 2003
I was slightly disappointed by this, it looks great tastes pretty good but lacks aroma and a complex character. Not bad just could be a lot better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SBgoodDave (13) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2003
I've finished my first case and will get soem more. A great drop by Australian standards, but not a classic on the global scale. Slightly thin in body for an English strong. Nicely bitter, but tending to sharpish. Tends to drink better when it arrives at cellar temperature - leave it out of the fridge for a while before you open it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2003
Small, brief head on a beautiful rubby coloured beer. Aroma is a bit indifferent, sort of malty, sort of hoppy. Very yeasty taste but it's also salty. Reasonably hoppy as well which stops it being too sweet. Nice try but lacking something.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2005 Pouring this ale into a glass I thought the colour was great but didnt pick up any aromas fortunately they arrived later!Didnt pick up the alcohol content maybe that will hit me later, taste of chalky toffee and nice bitterness anyhow cheers! 2004 edition. Tan coloured head that didn’t last long. Reddy amber colour with a caramel and toffee malt taste. Smooth mouthfeel with some burnt characters. Can’t taste or notice the alcohol but it is definitely there! 2005 edition. Colour is still the same. Some fruit and pepper in the aroma . At first thought the taste was pretty ordinary and not as full as last years edition. Still it slipped down very smoothly and you couldn’t really notice the alcohol which could be a worry if you are having a session.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2003 I had 3 of these from the same 6 pack before I decided to rate this beer and they have all been slightly different. One was quite phenolic and the other two kinda watery - have I got a dud batch? Look is good! Pleasant honeycomb and big biscuity malt aroma. The rest is disappointing, lacks the complexity or interest in the flavour of the traditional Pommy strongs. Alcohol poorly masked and stale to boring finish. I encourage Malty's to keep trying as we really need a decent local brewed pommy strong ale.

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