Linc (739) - Sydney, - JUL 30, 2008
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Can’t understand all the high scores for this one. Appearance is fine, as expected from Squires, but the flavour is really quite off-putting. It’s a very ordinary ale that’s been overpowered by the pepperberry, there is nothing else to back it up - and the flavour can’t stand up on its own. It adds a sickly, oddly bitter flavour that I find quite unpleasant. I’m unable to get more than 3 sips into this beer before pouring the rest down the drain. Good thing I didn’t buy a six pack!
mkel07 (4254) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, rating from a few years ago. Quite spicy in a good way with a long finish. Good winter beer.
Danev76 (505) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Odd aroma, slightly nutty. Very dark black colour with poor head. Nice chocolate flavour with smooth finish. Very heavy body, creamy with low carbonation.
jdpeebs (687) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
345ml Bottle. very nice beer with lovely malt flavours and subtle spicy aromas. Another good addition to the Squire range.
Lunkie (1544) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sweet malt fruit aroma. Dark brown colour with fair head and lacing. Dark brown colour fairy head and lacing. Sweet malt flavour with spices. Smooth palate.
renffisch (869) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thank you Michael, this one is a stunner! smooth sweet wood nose, fruity malt and a classy hint of hop. not too much of a looker, but hey, hazy dark brown, not much of a head. poor bottle got dragged all the way from oz to fulham and then to wimbledon :-)... spicy berry flavour with so,e cellar apple and woody malt. smooth, balanced, and a great keep. worth the years wait! Aged marvelously. great beer xx
BarossaLuke (540) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
This is my least favourite of the James Suqire seasonal releases I’ve tried. I found the aroma to be almost overpowering without enough malt to back it up. Bought a six-pack but ended up giving most of it away.
motelpogo (7188) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 29, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
bottled. copperish with not much sign of a head. some red pepper in the aroma with golden syrup. alas, there was little sign of any malt character to balance the pepper and a lack of and fresh bitterness in the finish and this verged on being nasty
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 24, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark copper, no head. Wow - a lot going on in the nose - peppery, piney, chocolate. Reminds me of sarsaparilla. Malty, sprucy - interesting.
TassieCarl (5) - Blackmans Bay, AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2008 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
With the smell of the Aussie bush with a reddish brown appearance. Keep it in your mouth for longer to really appreciate the flavours of the pepperberry which has a spicy sweet feel. The flavours linger nicely for a beer that is not full bodied. Australia’s gluhwein of beers!
kenbeer (46) - , AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2008
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
One of the most confusing beers that I have ever had. .... still not sure what i should have expected. Over ripe fruit sarsparilla, spice, weird malt. Thinner body than I thought it might have.
One thing is for sure- this is a very unique beer, and I do hope that they keep playing with it in future years.