Brewed by Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
Style: English Strong Ale
Sydney, Australia


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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
Note: The bottled version is brewed and bottled by AIB.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - NOV 11, 2003
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - APR 7, 2003
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dubs (117) - St Peters, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2003
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...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - DEC 2, 2002
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kaya161 (1139) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2002
This is their headiest beer, but I still found it bland. Nice dark colour, but that’s about it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2002
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2002
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 30, 2001
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

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