sloth (2341) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2004
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Medium sized white head, good retention and an unexpected lace. Clear gold/light copper color. Faint nose of malt, hops? Medium sweet malt flavors, maize and some oxydation. Finish is fairly dry, crisp and clean. WOW! Neat bottle mate! It says Austrailias best on the label. I hope not.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2004
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Straw-yellow color, and with virtually no head, or aroma. At first, my only descriptor was "weird", as in "I can’t beleive they’d bottle something this stinky and sell it as beer". But then again, AB and Miller do it every day. Perhaps there was an error on the bottle linre or in trransit.
Taste is flat, boring, just screamingly dull. Aroma is just plain atrocious! Kind of sweet, spicy, but with no body, no character, no flavor. I wouldn’t wish this beer on my greatest enemy. Avoid, avoid, avoid!
Cool bottle, though.
ALLOVATE (2229) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 1, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A rating from way back in 2006 found in an old notebook. Definitely the same beer, though I remember its bottle and label being a lot different from that shown on the left.
Sample given to me by an importer. Chilled, into a Pilsner glass. Looks half decent, a mass of highly charged carbonation inside a yellowish gold body, clear as day. Big soufflé of white caps it off, slowly rising in the centre to a peak, impressive. This holds ’til the end and laces the glass nicely. Grassy, dusty old bag of hops on the nose. Inoffensive on the palate, dull sourish malt with a mix of spicy, grassy and slightly sour hops in back. Hint of roasted peanut comes through, some herbal notes linger in the crispish . A little watery, body is light and it moves quickly across the tongue without great harm. Pretty average, nothing offensive at all. Easily quaffable, ’mind-turned-off’ lager! (33cL, 25/11/06, The Beer Store, Morley)
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2005
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Weird sick,urine color with a paint thinner flavor. So very good!
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2003
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Nice straw color,small white foamy head that had a little staying power.Corn aroma with a mild malt and hop presence.Very corny sweet taste with nearly no hops present in the taste.with the after taste being slightly metallic and sweet corn.this is a brew worth trying but as a brew it is a poor example more like most macro's that are available everywhere.
frankenkitty (1958) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Golden/copper with prickly effervescence and a rocky white head. (Awesome bottle and imposing label drive up the appearance points.) Intense nail polish remover as the initial aroma... attempting to be florals and fresh green hops, but the right concentration of lemon and a high alcohol presence makes the whole thing go terribly wrong. If you can get past the nose, the flavor is actually nice with honey notes atop fresh lemons on a caramel candy base. Strange finish is nutty/chemical. If you’re looking for a lager from Oz, this is at least better than Foster’s, oy!
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YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2006
0.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Pale amber under a frothy off-white head. Aroma was faintly malt and some citrus hops but barely distinguishable. Thin and watery. Flavor was BMC. The Aussies make some great beer commercials but not much good beer.
JFGrind (1781) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet pale lager that survived the journey from Australia unskunked. Going for $17 USD a case in Philadelphia. Good session beer, bowling pin bottles are unique. I put a few empties aside for home brew bottling.
zathrus13 (1667) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours golden, with a small head. Slight floral aroma. Only tastes seem to be malt and a small amount of hops. Body is medium to thin. Finish needs to be more crisp.
Stew41 (1625) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JAN 3, 2008
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Can’t work out the provenance of this one. Label states that it is brewed in Germany on behalf of the ‘Australian Brewing Corporation’. Anyway , fairly standard interpretation of a lager. Not too bad. Excellent lift off the nose for the style; albeit the aromas are fairly mundane malt and adjuncts, with some sweetness. Dumb but has a certain appeal. Line and length in the mouth; industrial malt action, a sliver of corny sweetness, and a cut of bitterness on the finish. I hope it’s cheap as it might provide a halfway decent alternative to local industrial beers.