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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nicko (223) - Ashfield, AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2006
Got a 6pack for $10 as it was best before 5 months ago, bargain. Reddy brown colours with a light frothy head. Yeasty, sweet vanilla and some fruity aromas. Very smooth for what it is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2004
Copper body thick tan head, Fruity nose with a hint of wet dog. Shame this is only available for short periods each year. Great with sunday roast. The wet dog hops can be quite noticeable depending on what else has been eaten / drank.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 17, 2004
Not quite sure about this one. Poured to a deep ruby-brownish color with a diminishing white head. The toffee- malt flavors are definitely there, but come in strong and early. Then the hops come in, again a bit heavy-handed, finally leaving behind a slight alcohol warmth. I too was a bit disappointed with this one. The malt-hop flavor balance seemed a bit clumsy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trogdor (197) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2004
dark chocolate and dark stonefruit aromas dominant. dark, deep ruby colouration with rocky head. dark chocolate and dark stonefruit flavours with hints of bitter floral hop. a little watery, lightly roasted bitterness. not a bad beer, dark plums and chocolate are dominant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
grant60 (185) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 7, 2004
a deep red colour and tan head, slightly burnt toffee flavour, sweet and fruity and obviously warms you up nicely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2004
very good looking beer, dark russet colour with a fair, though short lasting head. Aroma is of toasty malt with a little caramelized sugar. moving towards a grainy nuttiness and burnt malt, very drying chocolate and burnt toast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JagerQueen (123) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2004
Pours a rich red brown color with a fluffy head. Aroma is a combination of smokey sweet, with a faint baking smell. First taste is entirely smokey, but aftertaste is a tasty blend of toffee, caramel and coffee. Almost like a Milky Way...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2004
Thanks to Gusler for sharing on a brew I've never seen nor heard of, but has expanded my horizons and warmed a sub-zero evening. Pours amber with a big bubbly head. Aroma is sweet, slightly tart with hints of grain beneath the surface. Bready notes as well as some candy sugar can also be detected. Flavor is rock candy, sweet malt with just enough balance that you can't point to the hops right off the bat but the sweetness isn't cloying at all, It's definitely not slutty. Some estery hops come through as this one goes down. Mouthfeel is nice and coating. Overall, very tasty, sweet beer, I imagine this would be great to cap off a session.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrunkenCumquat (86) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2005
Bottled. Dark orange colour, decent head that holds its own, though could have lasted a bit longer. Nice sweet caramel notes to begin with, then quite bitter and hoppy but all too quickly taken over by the taste of the high alcohol content, which is far too apparent. Overally good, but a bit rougher around the edges than the other Squire offerings.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Winchester (75) - Struggle Town NSW, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2003 As I explore my way through the James Squire range the taste and quality of beer keeps dropping. The worst that Ive had so far. The afteratste was like posion acid burning my tongue!

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