jgb9348 (4734) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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 Iíd 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.
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle says "Best Ale", not "Strong Ale", but the brewerís website doesnít show it. The ABV matches. I suspect that this is a really old or a really new label. I donít know where I got this beer. The aroma is dark fruits, raspberries, floral, toffee. The appearance is a hazy reddish brown with a thin circle of a tan head. The flavor doesnít match the aroma at all. I get a roasted barley, caramel, nutty malts, earthy chocolate. The palate is smooth and is quite appealing. This is a strange but pretty good beer.
TimE (3183) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 28, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
After their IPA and amber, I wasnít expecting much, but this is not bad. Deep amber golden color with dog food and caramel in the nose. Buscuity malty start then some caramel malt and hops come in with a moderately bitter finish.
bluevegie (3053) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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 didnít last long. Reddy amber colour with a caramel and toffee malt taste. Smooth mouthfeel with some burnt characters. Canít 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 couldnít really notice the alcohol which could be a worry if you are having a session.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2006
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
34,5 cl bottle. Amber colour with a weak head. Light aroma of caramel and also flavour of caramel, toffee and hints of hops.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
ALLOVATE (2407) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted from the bottle, it is the first Squire Strong ale I have tried, and I am yet to find a Malt shovel beer that lives up to its product description. Poured a teak-copper colour, clear, with a short lather of off-white foam that lasted and left a little lace. Dry, earthy and gritty malt aroma from the bottle, lightly roasted grain, raisins and a light solvent-like note. Generous nose to begin with, but it seemed to lapse on the pour and lost itís lustre quickly in the glass. A little too watery on the tongue, toasted malt and burnt sugars come through more in the dry swallow than in the mouth. Light bodied and soft in carbonation, it has a little alcohol warmth, a lightly bitter back and nothing really showing upfront. Became a little plastic as it warmed and was generally unbalanced towards husky malt tones than any floral or fruity balance. This one just didnít work and to taste this alongside some of the other íbiggerí Aussie brews, including its macro-counterpart Cooperís Vintage, this one didnít even compete. Lack of flavour and body spells bastard pasteurisation, and sadly for this one, it was just another disappointing brew from Malt Shovel.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, dark garnet color, with an average-sized, spotty, cream-colored head.
Aroma: Heavy on fruit (grape, berry, raisin), sweet, but otherwise calm and airy.
Big hop arrival here, that lingers and sizzles through the finish. Mellow otherwise, but fruity flavor is full and continual. Body is medium, taste resounds, though, and makes every sip a treat.
Bright cherryish sensation dominates the flavor, and alcohol doesnít feel strong for a "Strong Ale". Maybe Iíve been conditioned by over-the-top American versions, that hit you with the booze unrelentingly...but this is a nice, little tasty treat, a fine replacement for the brandy in the snifter while leaning back and contemplating on the mysteries of life...
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep clear amber with medium tight slightly off white head. Lovely aroma, toffee (crystal?), with a hint of citrusy hop aroma. Lovely smooth initial mouthfeel, medium-full in body. Starts with a sweet caramel taste, followed by toffee, then a nice kick of bitterness. Well hopped, though well balanced. Crisp aftertaste of toffee, dark fruit and a hint of citrus. Decent head retention too, about half of it stayed for the entire glass. Good job MSB.