Brewed by Malt Shovel Brewery (Lion Nathan Co.)
Style: Amber Ale
Sydney, Australia


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RATINGS: 248   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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This premium hand~crafted ale is a unique brew of three malts and three Tasmanian hops added late to the kettle plus an original 125 year old, top fermenting ale yeast, creating an easy~drinking, deep copper~coloured ale with distinct richness, creamy head, and a slightly nutty finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
itsmax (103) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2001
Dr. Hahn has done it again with this great little beer. Great for savouring when eating out at restaraunts with red meats.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebaron99 (110) - Royston Park SA, AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2001
Well crafted dark amber brew, good head melts down slow and slinky, balanced bitterness and sweet malts make this my fave amber so far. If you like Grolsh Amber, you may not like this. Nuts, yes hmm pistacio (no pun intended). Delish!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2001
A good amber ale, smooth and not heavy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joet (2121) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 1, 2001
Very dank and dusty with an initial bursting aroma that subsides quickly. Some small bubbles and a creamy feel that’s notably good. Interesting suggestions of gunpowder and an astringent finish. One thing to say about these Michael Jackson brews is that they are distinct.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
motelpogo (6203) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 9, 2001
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2004 unfortunately as this has found its way to more and more taps the quality has waned. gone are the chewiness and nuttiness and floral aroma that made this worth searching for. still drinkable but quite bland. mild orange mango cordial aroma softish texture faint bitterness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2001
Creamy head with lingering lace patterns. Loved the deep-red color; makes your mouth water just looking at it. Fruity, a little spicy, sweet, and soft; although, I found it a little harsh in the finish... kind of ’rough around the edges.’ Overall, it was pretty good though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 18, 2001
So, so good. A smooth, drinkable combination of English bitter and American amber ale. Fruit flavors seem to well up from its depths, adding substance to the terrific palate. Only available from MJ’s beer club, sadly, or it would be a regular in my fridge. Sensational.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2000
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2004 The beer pours from the 12 ounce brown bottle a somewhat hazy burnished copper color with the head modest in size, semi-creamy in texture and the color a winsome light tan, as it slowly sinks into the sunset the lace forms a sealing curtain upon the glass. Nose is sweet malt with hints of caramel, slightly hint of yeast, quite crisp and clean to the senses. Start is sweet and nicely malted, the top is middling in its feel to the palate, finish has a brisk acidity and the hops personable in their spiciness, a nice drinking beer and one I’ve not had for 3 or 4 years, wish I had better access to it.

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