Brewed by 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 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2003
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]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2003
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerledgend (1196) - 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)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
johninmelb (1127) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madquacker (1094) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1066) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrBeer (862) - 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.

   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.

   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.

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