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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 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 28, 2003
it might be strong by australian standards but could do with a bit more. still, the alcohol is quite noticeable in the aroma. a bit too much brown sugar flavour. nothing really wrong with it but nothing to inspire. but let's hope lots of breweries here now decide to put out strong beers

   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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2007
A Mes rate: 345ml bottle (strange size) at Chris O’s extravaganza. Wheat, liquorice and malt in the aroma and a definite aged character to it. Dark blonde colour with only a slight white head. Flavour is similar to the nose, again with the aged feel but this time with some hops to add balance. Great creamy palate which again suggests some age. Interesting but not outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2004
My bottled says Best Ale, but it appears to be the same beer: Copper hue with foamy off-white head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of caramel and toffee malts, touch of mocha, very floral and herbal hops, candycorn, and prune. The taste starts fruity and lightly sweet caramel notes. Additional undertones of hazelnut and wheat. The finish displays a smooth bitterness and some woody notes. The mouthfeel is full, twangy, and sharp. The moderate level of alcohol is very well hidden. A very quaffable brew, the best I have had so far from down under.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2006
Bottle. Orange colour with a off-white head. Caramel malty aroma and a sweet caramel malty, rye bread taste. Medium body with a light sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jgb9348 (5677) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Copper coloured body with a ruby tint and a thin off-white head. Aroma of caramel, malt, toffee, raisins and odd must. Medium-bodied; Sharp pungent maltiness with no sugars at all, fading fast to a musty & earthy finish. Aftertaste bitter, but remarkably clean! Overall, odd - hardly any character for what I’d normally expect, but great to try! Thanks so much to Phil (haddon90) for this one on his return trip down under. I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from a bottle shop in Leura (Sydney), New South Wales, Australia on 02-August-2005.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (5597) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Copper color with a tall wispy light tan head tha diminishes and leave small glass bubbles for lace. Toasted rye bread with a hint of grass. Quite smooth in feel, but yet sticky. Lots of sweet malt throughout this concoction. Hints of toasted coconuts and almonds. Has a rather harsh linger though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
SilkTork (5542) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2004 I still quite like this beer. Chocolatey/caramelly malts, prickly mouthfeel. Some sweet maple syrup happening aswell, which i didn't particularly like. Hops are relatively bitter, some citrus happening atr the end. Pretty tasty in the end, but i was guilty of overating it the first time, i still like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2006
Deep orange beer with a small off white head. Malty aroma with a dried dark fruit note and hints of alcohol. Malty, caramel sweet flavor with a light toffee note and hints of alcohol. Medium body with a sweet light alcohol note.

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