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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2006
Bottle. Orange colour with a off-white head. Caramel malty aroma and a sweet caramel malty, rye bread taste. Medium body with a light sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
SilkTork (5542) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2003
Bottle - gift from Duff. Yumm! This actually tastes and smells stronger than it is - it even burns a bit as it goes down. I found this to be a tasty ale with a vintage raisin aroma and quite noticable sweetness up front. I liked this, but found the flaws grabbing for my attention all the time. The alcohol is too noticable, the sweetness too crude, and the balance is way off - the malts and the hops seem to exist in different time zones! But, somehow, despite all that, I liked it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madquacker (1112) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2004
Copper/ ruby colour but little aroma. A disappointing palate though. Not much going on other than a robust sense of alcohol. A ok to good beer none the less. Think it will need food next time.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stew41 (1933) - Phuket, THAILAND - SEP 12, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2005 Nice dark amber, tan in the glass. Pous a small, fizzy head with caramel notes. Malt depth is evident on the nose although a bit tame when compared to its English cousins. Palate was quite ordinary on opening but settled nicely as the beer warmed up. Ok malts and some bitterness at the back but doesnít really get going. Not bad for an Oz effort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Austbloke (10) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2005
Darkish copper coloured beer that has the typical good head retention of all James squire beers. Good tasting beer with a molassesy honey type smell that has a srongish bitter after taste. Not my favorite James Squire Beer but still a notable drop.

   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (17282) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2007
Bottle at Chris_O bottlefest 2007. Amber colour with thin beige head. Grapefruity aroma. Sticky toffee in mouth. Not that great to be honest. Fine if unsubtle.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
IJT (40) - Carterton, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2004
Bottle (2004): Having greatly enjoyed last years offering of this beer, and hearing that this years was even better, I was seriously looking forward to tasting this brew. Yet things seem to have gone a wee bit amiss, upon opening and pouring the beer was a deep amber colour and had a nice, smallish, white head, yet that is about the best of it, although the colour didnít change (I donít think that can really happen), and the head was able to linger the whole time, although there was absolutely no lace what so ever (not that itís needed, it just looks nice). The overall sensations were a bit hoppy, a bit tart, a little sulphury, and somewhat like beer. Alas that was it, although it was good enough to happily drink, it wasnít anymore than that, it was just ok. Basically very disappointing, maybe I missed something, I donít know.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (15651) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
Bright golden-brown colour. Aroma is earthy, slighlty molassesy. The body is a little light. Thereís some mild brown sugary malt notes and slight alcohol in the finish. Doesnít drink like a strong ale - Australians are even more timid than Canadians with their micros.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2005
330 ml bottle. Deep orange beer with a thin white head. Very sweet and honeyish. Toffee and some crystal malt. Light hopping, low bitterness. Very unidimensional and boring.

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