mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31, 2008
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle Version: Ruby colour but absolutely no head. Sweet, vinuous aroma. Malty and yeasty flavour with a hint of raisin. Very lightly roasted for bitterness. Very thin texture. Failed to make a good impression. Difficult to explain as I usually love sweetish beers.
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - DEC 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (330ml) 6.1%. I have had this one many a time on tap at the Nelson, but I was keen to try it at a proper temperature, so I thought bottled would be the way to go. Poured a dark ruby with burgundy highlight and a creamy off white head which was mostly lasting. Aroma was dominated by roasted malts and espresso coffee with some milky chocolate and toffee also present. Taste was similar to smell with loads of coffee, some dark chocolate, some nuts and a subtle bitterness in the end. Medium/full bodied with soft carbonation, creamy mouth feel and a good finish.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Murky brown with a thick tan head. Milk coffee and toasted caramels in the nose, rounded out by some herbal pine tones. In the toasty, earthy flavours sing loudest with a nicely balance herbal chord to end the song. This is unremarkable, but certainly very drinkable.
Subsequent ratings have been hit and miss. some excellent some outright bad. This is an average of those rates.
enak (27) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours dark brown with no to faint head.
Tastes with a little malt toffee but subsiding to a mildly sour flavour. As the temperature begun to rise (8-10*) it became almost undrinkable. Disapointing.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 6, 2007
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cloudy bronze colour withthick creamy white head. Weak thin hop aroma. Coffee flavours, small hop residue hiding under the malts. mild hop bitterness.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured a dark cloudy amber with a beige loosely whipped egg-white head. A thin roasted aroma with lots of dry chocolate and a touch of coffee. On tasting there is even more coffee, reminding me of those dodgy chocolate-coffee eclair lollies. A restrained bitterness dominates, resulting in a mostly uninspiring flavour sensation. A little stronger than medium bodied, with a bit too much carbonation though. Not bad, but not great - I’ll be interested in trying this on tap. (bottle marked 6.1% abv)
Muggus69 (1401) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Found this in a 330ml bottle. Serving it chilled. Aroma reminds me a bit of a typical Aussie stout; plenty of mocha coffee and roasted malts in there with the tiniest off note to it. Looks quite nice with a big fluffy tan head atop a hazy dark amber body. Palate seems a bit spritzy and thin for a beer of this strength. Nutty malts dominate, with coffee, drinking chocolate and roasted malt notes. Finish is reasonably dry and moderately bitter. Seems almost like a souped-up Tooheys Old.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours dark amber to light brown with a thick ivory head. Strong chocolate aroma. A mild roasted flavor and a milk chocolate taste. This beer seemed way way stronger than the 6.9% ABV posted on the bar board. Easily, this was the best beer made here.
Stew41 (1793) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2006
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malt driven amber ale style. Lightish chocolate tan in colour. Reasonably fizzy palate keeps the weight surprisingly light for a 6.7% beer. Malty chocolate notes come across the palate really well. Very appealing. Best of the marque in my opinion.
stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2006
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A nice brown. Smooth and malty but nothing to distinguish it. The best part is the Lord Nelson Brewery pub itself. Made for a good end to a walk in Sydney.