Linc (737) - 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!
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 (1362) - 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 (722) - 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 (536) - 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 (6111) - 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.
ALLOVATE (2264) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2008
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
From notes alone. Tasted back in May this year.
‘Strange oily, tar-like, tyre tread and stewed tamarind aroma comes out, just plain weird. Sparkling Deepest cola brown body with a well retained though thin tannish head atop that manages a little lace-work. Bastardly astringent tongue twisting, awkward, acrid and oily palate of brash nastiness. It does smell of a car doing a burn-out in a confined carpark, but this flavour is just rotten. Smoke, ash, oily fish, tannic tea, road tar and again tamarind, some peat and mouldy cheddar, quite adhesive to the tastebuds and al the way down for a long mixed bag aftertaste. Body is the only thing going for it, fuller than all the other MS beers, but that can’t save it. Not for me, someone should road test ‘Pepperberries’ in a salad or as a garnish to sweet meats, perhaps, before plonking it willy-nilly in an ale. Ugghhh!!!’ (345mL, 17/03/09, Int’l Beer Store, W. Leederville)
Samma (59) - Fitzroy, AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was a nice find. More like a Xmas beer. Manage to temper a malty winter ale with a nice swettish overtone. Not something you can drink too much off - the sweetness does get a little cloying. Nice experiment however.