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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
maestro (36) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2003
Wow, this is fabulous. Reminiscent of Leffe Radieuse. This is quite a mild beer by comparison with the big beers of Europe but a great taste and delicious toffee tones make this a joy. The aroma is the only place that beer is let down. Maybe a quality of the filtering or pasteurisation but there is a lack of richness in the aroma and no amount of warming or rousing will fix this. Still, the taste is tops and the colour is a wonderfull deep red. What a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUN 12, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2004 The nose is initially a little lacking, but as soon as it settles in the glass the aroma comes through as a pleasant toffee note. The flavour is quite malty like an Anzac biscuit, and is as gutsy as an Anzac as well. Great mouthfeel and body with the power of the ABV being obvious, even to the extent that it could be even more powerful than the stated 6.8%. The finish is dry and bitter which complements the initial sensation. Great coffee colour, mmmmm. This needs cold weather, a log fire and some aged cheddar. RE-RATE: The brewers told me this shouldn't age well. It has and is a great beer. RE-RATE Number 2: The first anniversary beer has now been released with the effect that Chuck and his lads have improved this beer. OK, fir us drinkers downunder there may be a bias when great beers emerge from the macro morass, but I beleive this is an improvement on last year's. It has the same coppery hue and lightly creme caramel coloured head. The nose is a fine toffee roasting and sticky date pudding but it is the smoothness of the mouthfeel and intensity of flavour that pushes this one up a few points. I demand that this be brewed all year 'round instead of only seasonally.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2004
My bottled says Best Ale, but it appears to be the same beer: Copper hue with foamy off-white head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of caramel and toffee malts, touch of mocha, very floral and herbal hops, candycorn, and prune. The taste starts fruity and lightly sweet caramel notes. Additional undertones of hazelnut and wheat. The finish displays a smooth bitterness and some woody notes. The mouthfeel is full, twangy, and sharp. The moderate level of alcohol is very well hidden. A very quaffable brew, the best I have had so far from down under.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1093) - Southampton, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2003
Pours deep clear amber with medium tight slightly off white head. Lovely aroma, toffee (crystal?), with a hint of citrusy hop aroma. Lovely smooth initial mouthfeel, medium-full in body. Starts with a sweet caramel taste, followed by toffee, then a nice kick of bitterness. Well hopped, though well balanced. Crisp aftertaste of toffee, dark fruit and a hint of citrus. Decent head retention too, about half of it stayed for the entire glass. Good job MSB.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dredd (836) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2003
Great Ale, nice sweet malty flavour, great aroma and mouth feel. Probably the best ale in Australia behind the Coopers Vintage Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Burnt red in color with a thick beige head and nice lacing. Very pleasent caramel nose. Opens sweet and malty evolving to a spicy and fruity hop finish and a dry alcohol aftertaste.

   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9592) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 5, 2005
This was good. Poured a deep red-brown with a thin tan head. Terrific aromas of raspberry jam, cookie, and toffee. Toasty malt palate, caramel, and some hops add to the finish. Very nice, regardless of the lower-than-usual alcohol for a strong ale.

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