highlandlad (1475) - 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)
caesar (6682) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly hazy red brown color, short off-white head. Aroma of licorice, laurel, some caramel malt. Quite sweet and bitter taste, some whisky notes even. Dry and only slighly alcoholic palate. For me the best of this brewery.
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very dark brown beer with a thick tan head. Sweet malty beer with a bit of spicy hop aroma. Flavour is a bit chewy, but not all that interesting. Slightly spicy, a bit herbaceous and vegetal. A touch of chicory and faint fruit. Doesn’t really come together.
IJT (40) - Carterton, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice, hearty, dark ale. Brown/copper in colour (or rich mahogany if held to the light), with a good creamy head. Lots of dark malt characteristics and a slightly bitter finish. Overall very nice, and a meal in a glass.
jgb9348 (5722) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper coloured body with a thicker tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, nuts and some light english hops. Medium to Full-bodied; Caramel flavour strong up front with prominent malt and pit fruit characteristics. Aftertaste long and sweet-the sugars stick around for a while. Overall, a nice beer-good and strong with plentiful sweetness. I sampled this pint from draught at the Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel on The Rocks in Sydney, Australia on 07-June-2004.
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 30, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Browny amber colour with a fairly short head. Malty caramel aroma. Fairly good strong ale, more caramel in the taste without being too much also some raisins. Just don’t be in a hurry to get served!
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUN 25, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber color with a buttery-light yellow head. Smells sweet and spicy hops strongly, and then lesser extents of banana and pineapple. Medium-full mouthfeel. Taste is sweet and not so spicy: bubblegum, pineapple, banana, raisins, figs and has a coffee bitter ending. Pretty tasty. Sampled with my 3 buds in Sydney, Australia at the Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel.
haddon90 (1619) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JUN 15, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ruby red poor with a nice creamy tan head. Malty aroma, light hops as well. Interesting taste. Crisp, some tart, caramel, and a hint of fruit. Nice aftertaste. Not too strong. Very enjoyable.
KBeer (117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It was pretty good, but maybe the walking 15 minutes in 33C heat had to do with the initial love. It poured a dark amber with a bit of head. It went well with the wedges with sourcream and sweet chili sauce - which were over priced but really damn good.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep amber colour, small lingering head. Toasty aroma with alcohol character. The flavor is old and earthy with hints of caramel and chocolate. The alcohol untimately wins this battle.