eczematic (1322) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2003
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2004 just had some of the latest 2004 batch. it was a tough job to make it any worse than last year but they have. i don't know where to start. these "rare hops" they use for aroma (apparently australian grown millelfrüh) smell foul. rough, dirty, piney, and green. also accompanied by a weird sulfuric stench that ive never smelt in an ale. odd. mouthfeel is thin, fizzy and watery. shortlived and rough flavours of thin, nutty malt and tangy, rough PORlike bitterness. no fatness to the flavour at all. tastes like theyve toned down the caramel from last year and strangely enough that was probably the only thing that saved it. in the end this is more like reschs dinner ale than anything. last year's: ugly beer. sweet, cloying caramel/roasted nut icky palate, with rough bitterness coming very shortly after initial toffee attack, followed by watery, chloriney nothing finish. [2.6]
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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)
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
madquacker (1074) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Crockett (1032) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red with brown tones and beige head.
Fruity toasted aroma with alcoholic tones.
Sweet and fruity flavor with buttery tones.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2003
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.