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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 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 28, 2003
it might be strong by australian standards but could do with a bit more. still, the alcohol is quite noticeable in the aroma. a bit too much brown sugar flavour. nothing really wrong with it but nothing to inspire. but let's hope lots of breweries here now decide to put out strong beers

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SBgoodDave (13) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2003
I've finished my first case and will get soem more. A great drop by Australian standards, but not a classic on the global scale. Slightly thin in body for an English strong. Nicely bitter, but tending to sharpish. Tends to drink better when it arrives at cellar temperature - leave it out of the fridge for a while before you open it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Clear copper with a thin light tan head and a deep caramel malt aroma. Crisp sweet malty body with a light bitterness throughout. Dry finish hides the alcohol quite well. A respectable and drinkable English strong ale from Down Under.

   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 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Milwaukee White Elephant.
Opulent and transparent bronze in color with an icy white head and some sporadic lacing. Aroma discourages, drawing out wet dog, steel, hazelnut extract, and mince meat pie with backing soda substituting for sugar. Semi-flavorful force is highlighted by chestnuts and almonds. Nutty potpourri and a touch of caramel over cherries. Some Christmas blend pipe tobacco as well. Medium-to-fuller bodied, a touch fizzy, but generally bodes well upon the palate. Malt shovel takes its namesake seriously, and that’s a good thing, for the sake of balance. Finish is much the same, with hazelnuts, cherry cordials and caramel chews along with an underlying trait that reminisces of sodden autumn leaves.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Choos (729) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2004
Aroma is toasty with stone fruit but very little alcohol. My bottle poured black into the tulip glass with a small beige head but shows reflections of red when the torch shines into it. Roasted malt flavours give way to light fruity flavours along with some malty mocha. This has a noticeable hop bitter aftertaste similar to cascade bittered ales. Decent mouthfeel and fairly well carbonated.

   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (5597) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Copper color with a tall wispy light tan head tha diminishes and leave small glass bubbles for lace. Toasted rye bread with a hint of grass. Quite smooth in feel, but yet sticky. Lots of sweet malt throughout this concoction. Hints of toasted coconuts and almonds. Has a rather harsh linger though.

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