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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimE (5095) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 28, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2005
Hint of herbs and hint of butter in the aroma. Brown color, beige head, good lace. Sweet, nutty, light roasted, quite hoppy, herbal and bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2005
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.

   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 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ALLOVATE (2912) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2005
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.

   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2006
34,5 cl bottle. Amber colour with a weak head. Light aroma of caramel and also flavour of caramel, toffee and hints of hops.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2004
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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (2142) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2014
OLD NOTES JUL 7, 2004 Finally found it. Pours rusty amber colour with a little white head. The aroma is quite weak, mainly nutty malt flavours and a bit of alcohol present. Quite a roasted flavour; dark chocolate, nut, caramel, stone fruits and a fair bit of alcohol. A different beer at different temperatures really. Very different from the others in the James Squire range, much more of a sipper and one for the winter, but has the quality you expect from other beers in the range from MSB.

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