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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
highlandlad (1475) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 15, 2005
Probably the best beer in the James Squire range. Strong ales are few and far between in Australia, so the brewer is to be commended. However, this doesn’t have enough character to stand comparison with the best of the Belgians. It poured a toffee colour with a fine tan head. The rich nose has dark raisiny fruit and peppery alcohol. Medium body, with lots of fruit in the middle and sweet toffee notes. Some toasted malt. Good strong winter drinking. (Bottle, 2003 release)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (2142) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2004 I still quite like this beer. Chocolatey/caramelly malts, prickly mouthfeel. Some sweet maple syrup happening aswell, which i didn't particularly like. Hops are relatively bitter, some citrus happening atr the end. Pretty tasty in the end, but i was guilty of overating it the first time, i still like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Beer pours light cooper brown with off white head that is retained. Aromas is decent, malty but the ABV is a bit too apparant. Flavor is a bit better than the aroma. Flavor is lightly malty with a little bitterness and the brew warms the tummy when it hits. Pretty nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2005 Bottle: 2004 bottle Poured a rusty ruby-red with hardly any head that dissapeared in literally about 10 seconds. Aroma of dark nutty malts with a string alcohol presence. Candied sugar, licqourice, and sweet bready yeast notes underneath. Flavour was initially wet cardbaord with alcohol, but eventually developed some faint grappa cherry notes and malt undertones. The palate was very dissapointing; tannins all over the place, a bit sour, astringent, and only medium bodied, yet with good bitterness. Good, but dissapointing. 7/2/6/2/13=3
Re-rate: 2005 bottle - Much, much better this time. Tawny orange. Peppery alcohol, toasty malts, fruity yeast notes, and minty hop aromas. Loads of toasty, toffee-like flavours with rich herbal hops. Warming and really quite pleasant. Much better than last year’s. 7/4/7/4/13=3.5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2005
Bottle shared by Blake. Cloudy reddish amber bod, not much head. Raspberry and buttery malt in the aroma, reminds me of the raspberry pie at Baker’s Square. The flavor contains green raisins, sweet caramel malt with light roast and stemmy, spicy hops. I was expecting a heavier barley wine flavor but it’s interesting enough to make the lack of strengh OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2006 Did I get a dud bottle or something? Poured a glorious dark brown toffee colour, with a very minimal and thus short lasting beige head. Not a very strong aroma, but I got hints of dried fruits. Flavour was exceptionally bitter, but not pleasantly so. Seemed to be a bit salty, too, so there wasn’t really much balance. Very thin bodied, in fact it was very bland altogether. Sad to say, but I’m very disappointed by this James Squire product. Bottle - best before 16 March 2006. 5 4 4 2 8 2.3 Re-rate: Much better this time around. Some sweet toffee and alcohol soaked raisins in the aroma. Medium bodied, but not a lot of depth and not that lasting. Pretty good, considering the value as a locally manufactured drop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2006
Bottle. Cloudy amber coloured with an off white head. Sweet aroma of malts and caramel. Sweet flavour of malts, caramel and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2006
Deep orange beer with a small off white head. Malty aroma with a dried dark fruit note and hints of alcohol. Malty, caramel sweet flavor with a light toffee note and hints of alcohol. Medium body with a sweet light alcohol note.

   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.

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