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 (2000) - 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 (1904) - Phuket, THAILAND - 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.
vanvenlo (1681) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
1 Oct 05 - Roasted malt and lightly hopped aroma. Clear dark brown colour, suds lacing but only an OK head. Malty vegetable fruit flavour. Medium mouthfeel, tangy hoppy finish.
omhper (22896) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the brewpub. Hazy chestnut brown. Roasty malt aroma. A dryish beer dominated by roasty malt, creates strong coffeelike flavours. A careful hop rate lets the malt flavours dominate and results in low bitterness.
Lunkie (1751) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - NOV 7, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hop malt aroma. Clear red brown colour with fair head nad lacing. Malty hop flavour. Fizzy palate.
Choos (709) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - OCT 2, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: malty and some pilsener (sulphur) with mildly roasty notes. Appearance: dark brown with red highlights and a small head. Flavour: roasty, sweet and balanced by lots of hops. Palate: low carbonation (suits) with a hoppy bitter aftertaste.
highlandlad (1463) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Perhaps it doesn’t last long in the bottle, but this English strong ale from a Sydney brewpub seemed a very strange beast indeed. Poured a teak colour with a diminishing tan head. At room temperature it shows an odd aroma combination of cocoa powder, sherbet, fizzy lemon candies and dried oregano. Doesn’t quite come together. Nice creamy mouthfeel, chewy in the finish. Again the flavour seems unintegrated and peculiar. It’s phenolic and strangely minty, with a dollop of sticky date pudding, banana, faint licorice root and a slug of mouthwash. Carries its 6.7% abv well. Reminds me a little of Redoak Christmas Cheer, another eccentric Sydney beer. Not the brewpub’s best work. (630ml bottle)