davidm (1872) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the courthouse. Very well balanced. Aromas of nuts, cola, and caramel. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and good length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Brown, with a frothy head.
Pyobon (800) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2012 (bottle) Poured clear dark amber / red with no head. Lovely aroma that developed over time, starting with floral and perfume notes evolving to a toffee / candy with hints of fruit (passionfruit?). Light body, well carbonated. Flavour has a nice balance of richer sweeter tastes like toffee and raisins with clearer cleaner refreshing notes. There is a little pleasant bitterness in the finish. Overall it is very quaffable beer, with a nice balance.
mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Burnt copper to red in colour with a small level foam head. Sweet malty aroma with a hint of fruitiness. Refreshing and enjoyable with a crisp finish. The best of that Vale beers so far.
madquacker (998) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - MAR 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogany with oak, coffee, chocolate and some sweetness. A mildish black beer and alot of length.
shaunfield (43) - adamstown, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tastes very good. I will definately get this beer again. I enjoyed it a lot. Very decent.
alang51 (32) - Essendon West, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice aroma. Roast, toffee overtones. All in all a tidy effort, not as good as another South Australian which is one of my favs - Pepperjack.
vinhol (110) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle with best before date 24.11.12 but looks great aroma a little off but tastes great nice malty taste I might try a get a fresh one
Dredd (664) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I really like this, which is surprising as I have been somewhat indifferent to previous McLaren Vale beers. Nice aroma of coffee with a very strong chocolate and coffee flavour with a bit of a flabby vanilla hit mid palate. Finish is slightly drying tannins with minimal bitterness. Will be revisiting this one.
StevieT (207) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mild aroma of roasted hops. Pleasant flavour of coffee, a little thin but still quite good.
gam (2915) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark red brown pour small biege head medium carbonation aromas chocolate dark roasted tones caramel nuttiness flavours are chocolate mild bitter vanilla fruit dark taste caramel grittyness the finish main aftertasteschocolate morishing caramel sweetness earthy tones fruit sweet and gritty good on palate not bad