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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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2004
clear copper, off white head. huge malty aroma with dried cherries and raisins, toffee, mil chocolate and roast. flavour starts sweet with notes of buckwheat honey. toffee-ish malt flavour with roasty bitterness. nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2006
(Bottle 33 cl) Pours a clear, warm amber with an off-white head. Very fruity nose. Very full body with some caramel and the alcohol shining through a bit too clearly. Sweetish with a lightly hoppy finish. 150306

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (34308) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2006
An orange beer with a beige head. The aroma is quite sweet and malty, and the flavor is also sweet malty with a touch of metal from the alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2007
A Mes rate: 345ml bottle (strange size) at Chris O’s extravaganza. Wheat, liquorice and malt in the aroma and a definite aged character to it. Dark blonde colour with only a slight white head. Flavour is similar to the nose, again with the aged feel but this time with some hops to add balance. Great creamy palate which again suggests some age. Interesting but not outstanding.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2005 Pouring this ale into a glass I thought the colour was great but didnt pick up any aromas fortunately they arrived later!Didnt pick up the alcohol content maybe that will hit me later, taste of chalky toffee and nice bitterness anyhow cheers! 2004 edition. Tan coloured head that didn’t last long. Reddy amber colour with a caramel and toffee malt taste. Smooth mouthfeel with some burnt characters. Can’t taste or notice the alcohol but it is definitely there! 2005 edition. Colour is still the same. Some fruit and pepper in the aroma . At first thought the taste was pretty ordinary and not as full as last years edition. Still it slipped down very smoothly and you couldn’t really notice the alcohol which could be a worry if you are having a session.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimE (5033) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 28, 2005
After their IPA and amber, I wasn’t expecting much, but this is not bad. Deep amber golden color with dog food and caramel in the nose. Buscuity malty start then some caramel malt and hops come in with a moderately bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ozymanposs (18) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 29, 2005
A solid effort. Only perhaps marred by a little more preservative than I would like leaving something of a dry mouth the next mrnng even after nly 2 beers. A openng drop rather than a seesion beer then, but a very good opening drop

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2006
34,5 cl bottle. Amber colour with a weak head. Light aroma of caramel and also flavour of caramel, toffee and hints of hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2007
Bottled at Chris_O Fest March 2007. A copper coloured beer. The aroma suggests a certain amount of age. Some buttery notes also. The taste is nice and hoppy with a good malt balance. Good alcohol flavours also. Nice but I wonder if it could be better younger.

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