mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear (unlike their other beers) dark brown colour, yellowish head which sticks around.
Dark fruit aromas and a fair bit of alcohol.
Not overly sweet which I appreciate in an English Strong Ale, malt is there but lightish, some hops in the end, but it had HEAPS of alcohol flavour. It gave me a headache. Actually reminded me a lot of one of my best early home brews which isn't such a bad thing.
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - NOV 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2006 I think the beers here suffer the most from inconsistency in batches than any other micro brewed beer I have tried. Sometimes these are really on song and other times are a large letdown. To be positive my good experiences have been that this has a great coppery colour with good head. The hop aroma is present and mouthfeel, body and balance all very good. Overall, the best of their beers ahead of 3 sheets.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - APR 7, 2003
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
5/4: Had to leave it for 20 minutes to warm. Gave me a chance to try 3sheets. Deep deep red-amber colour with short brown head. Great retention. Small burnt/coffee aroma. Nice well balanced flavour, sweet, burnt, bitter, floral. I dont know about the water comments here, I found it had a good full palate.
dubs (117) - St Peters, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Geeez... again with the water. Reminds one of the bock they have at the Australian from Scharer’s in Picton but much thinner... Decent dark ale otherwise, nothing special. Everyone else is spot on...
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - DEC 2, 2002
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2005 lighter coloured than it used to be - now a dark copper-red like a barley wine. an obese, extremely sweet, cloying and sickly beer that depends on crystal malt for all its flavour, like a dutch bokbier. ok i grant you there’s also some brown sugar rumminess and a bit of licorice. the hit of raw alcohol at the finish isn’t nice either. not my sort of beer but people who are into "warming" sweet beers might like it - no real off-flavours or anything.
Kaya161 (1139) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is their headiest beer, but I still found it bland. Nice dark colour, but that’s about it.
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2002
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 You get the feeling that this beer is made to the same standards as it would have been 200 years ago. When sanitation wasn’t all that great...
That said though I would still be quite happy to drink this stuff if transported back to colonial Australia. Great with the ’ploughmans lunch’....Three years later and this beer hasn’t gotten any better, it’s got more body than I recall, but the flavour is still underwhelming, strong alcohol and buttery aromas, with messy hop character, weak chocolate flavour is unable to compete with other random flavours swirling around.
Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Coffee/chocolate/roasty flavours abound amongst the bitterness. Interesting beer really... I think it has alot of dry stout characteristics instead of english strong ale ones.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2002
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Has a bit of body, but the watery characteristics are there in the finish, a bit of roastiness, but as motelpogo says, not enough. Hints of coffee, caramel, chocolate, but not well noticed.
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 30, 2001
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2007 on tap at the lord nelson. quite a solid strong ale, decent aroma with a touch of stone fruit, light dry chocolate character and some faint grassy bitterness. quite drinkable for an aussie beer of its strength