highlandlad (1464) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light, satisfying Australian dunkel. Probably the brewer’s best work. Poured a clear brown colour with a lasting head. Light, distinctive nose: licorice and cocoa powder. Medium bodied, smooth and dry. Lots of malt and burnt toffee characters. At the drier end of the scale. Good balance. (Bottle)
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chocolat and light roasted aroma. Dark brown color, light brown head, few lace. Light sweet, hints of chocolat, light roasted, soft bitterness, medium body and a little dry. Very good example of Dunkel, less sweet than the average and more roasted.
ALLOVATE (2843) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2005 Re-rate 15/08/05. Colour of this sample was ruby tinged and more transparent than the first rating in Nov ’04, rest was the same. Forgetting the history of this beer, this remake of an Australian strong dark ale (the dark ale is now brewed as Ironbrew at the Sail & Anchor) in it’s current Dark Lager form, is a great leap forward for the Australian macro-beer market. Deep brown and almost opaque, it sits quite calmly with a compact and creamy, thin tan head that lasts to the end. Aroma is sweet, of toffee and dark chocolate with a little aniseed. The flavour of roasted malt and sweet chocolate dominate it’s relatively light palate and light carbonation. Finishes with a long, bitter malty finish. Wonderfully balanced and very sessionable.
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 5, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Coffee and Chocolate all the way, Heavy aroma, big cream colored head, no lacing clear but very dark red body, almost black.
Maybe a touch thin in palate flavour is lacking any real balance with the malt. Still it is a nice glass full of malt.
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Loved it. Has that nice chocolate/caramely nose to it. Comes in with a whack of toffee malty flavor that is balanced nicely with just enough bitterness. head retention was fair to poor. Poured to a very deep brown and a coarsely beaded head.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red-brown, with ruby highlights. Nice off white head. Light chocolate / coffee aroma. Mouthfeel is smooth though slightly lacking for my tastes. Sweet though balanced chocolate flavours with a touch of roast in the finish. Not bad, almost like a tamed down bock.
Jahills (151) - Cambridge (Hobart), AUSTRALIA - AUG 4, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
quite sweet, thin but expected from this style of beer. not the worst ive tried. A better choice for this style would be Old Bastard from St Ives in Tas (unfortunately missing from ratebeer).
Trogdor (196) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
floral hop and sweet malt aroma.
pale brown with small rocky head.
sweet floral hops with lightly sweet malty flavour.
I was expecting alot more from this beer, I guess the matilda bay crew have been screwing with things again..
vanvenlo (1683) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
5 May 2004 - Burnt fruit coffee aroma. Deep red-brown colour, small nice frilly lacing. Hoppy bitter roasted malt. Pleasant easy drinking gentle malt tastes, with a hint of fruit. Needs to be a bit thicker for mouthfeel.
Nemo (100) - Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was once one of my Top 3 fave brews. But things have changed, due to the change of the way of how they brew this. Still a worthwhile beer, but not as nearly as good as the original recipe. Dark Brown/Reddish colouring with a nice thick head with a caramello, malty finish.