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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vanvenlo (1206) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2004
7 May 2004 - Sampled 2004AIBA - Bread fruit aroma, clear dark brown, soap suds lacing. Sweet spiritous and long hoppy flavour, nice body.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerledgend (1197) - 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)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1163) - 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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
johninmelb (1126) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2003
Fantastic looking beer. Deep reddy-amber colours and a good solid lasting head. The smell is ambiguous - could go either way. The flavour hits the palate assertively, and shows promise at first, but then round out to a standard ale with a bit of sharp alcohol too evident. The lingering palate is sweet and toffee, but with that nasty twang in it. And I agree with Mullet - what's with that 'wild fermentation' rubbish? It sure aint a lambic.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madquacker (1034) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2004
Copper/ ruby colour but little aroma. A disappointing palate though. Not much going on other than a robust sense of alcohol. A ok to good beer none the less. Think it will need food next time.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1007) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2004
Pours amber with a medium sized tan head. Big malty caramel nose with notes of chocolate and dried fruit. Lightly sweet with ample bitter balance. Earthy and toasted. Toffee and burnt sugar. Just a touch of coffee. Bitter bold finish with alcohol. Quite nice.

3.1
   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.

3
   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.

1.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2005 A great looking beer, beautiful red colour with good head and strong lacing on glass. Aroma is very alcoholic with sweet caramel malt, flavour is more of the same. It has a lot of toffee sweetness but is not very malty (if that is possible). Has a reasonable bitterness which is good for a chronically under-bittered style. Overall another disappointing beer from Malt Shovel. Also - this beer is obviously NOT the product of a "wild" fermentation as claimed on the label!
RR: 2005 version. Whoa, has this one gone downhill! Massive vegetably aroma, barely any malt character to speak of and a rusty bitterness. Seems to have lost a bit of colour too. The way it’s going this should be re-classified into the Euro Strong Lager section. Makes me think they’re brewing this at Tooheys now too. Prev. rating 3.0.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2004
Dark red with brown tones and beige head. Fruity toasted aroma with alcoholic tones. Sweet and fruity flavor with buttery tones. Firm bitterness.


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