ShaneJ (385) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Slowbeer. Hazy, medium brown, minimal head, aroma of vegemite toast, red wine, boozy, oaky, some yeasty funk. Interesting, complex, just not my thing.
magdalar (513) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - MAY 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Pumphouse Sydney. Pours brown with an offwhite head. Smells richly of Shiraz and metallic notes. Tastes so strange. Sweet, creamy, grape, prune, toffee and some funk. Medium body, smooth carbonation. Finishes dry and slightly metallic. Its certainly unique... The shortest description I could give it would be "grape soda ice cream float", but somehow it works out.
Davros (1787) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark brown with a fading head.
Nose shows funky brett, red wine, redcurrants and little else. Nice though.
Flavours are a little more geared towards a BSDA with some soft chocolate and roasted malt before the funk and booze rolls through.
Body feels watery.
A bit of a mishmash of flavours, can’t quite get my head around this one.
TenEighty (11) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Super complex flavour. There is a lot going on. Fruity. A bit of Shiraz. Challenging.
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mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle from The Scratch. Looks great in the glass with a deep brown colour and swirls of gold through it.in the aroma here is spiced fruit and maybe rum but it may be wine from the barrels this beer was aged in. Whatever it is it smells good, looks good and tastes good. Full rich mouthfeel and long fruity finish.
ALLOVATE (2264) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Soooooo, crawl before you walk this has got to be the best label I’ve seen, making absolutely no sense at all but pulling it off swimmingly. The cap pops off, the foam follows up the neck and yet it pours with little life. The snifter now full of a sparkling mahogany liquor donned by a wafer of beige suds. The aroma is penetrating; all funk and junk as Brettanomyces does so well with lip-sync tickles of strawberry tingle, plum wine, raspberry fizz-wizz, alkalined copper and sheep’s wool lanolin - crafty. Mouthfilling stuff; it’s like a play with a fanning review it just exceeds what you originally thought. Body is firm with a velvety chocolate net blanket. In the sparkle of carbonation lays that lovely second tier of Brettanomyces but it bows down considerably to the deeply vinous red-wine back end. It seems it all goes ’Shiraz’ passed the tonsils with just an affirmed sweetener of that beautiful spoiler yeast offering a lasting sherbetty, tangy and hairy linger on the tongue. Woody, undeniably woody as I sit back and savour; its not oakey, more soiled with red wood notes with that unusually familiar gamminess I find in most Shiraz wines. The alcohol so well masked under the overall hairy, huskiness of it, only kicking in as I stood up. Not the most complex of ales, but it’s definitely a beacon in the right direction for brewers hard taxed in Oz. A ’sit back, relax’ ale worthy of dancing around a handbag. Made no sense, smelt and tasted good, whatev’s!! (33cL, no date stamp, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
Sevenlee (1155) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy brown dark brown colour. Aroma is malt shiraz notes with fruits like raisins and plums with some yeasty notes. Taste is medium sweet leading to a light bitter finish. Interesting! I’ve never had anything like this before. Try it!
maneliquor (2726) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours amber with a small off white head. Nose of stewed fruits, plum, raisin, currants. Light funk. Shiraz barrel shines through. Taste resinous with heavy Christmas cake tones. Very raisin like. Finishes like a heavy red. Unique stuff. Damn interesting and cool
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gam (3014) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 15, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep purply brown pour not much head carbonation mild aromas shiraz bloody red stuff bit woody dark sweet fruit dried type cinnamon clove flavours run by the barrelling taste dull grain taste corn like fruity dark taste the finish too run by the barrell taste full on shiraz aftertaste is overdone
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a deep bronze / brown with a very small light tan coloured head. Falls away almost immediately. Aromas promised so much but dont really get there. Some sourness a little stone fruit like sweetness and a touch of the wood. All are relatively quite subdued and in my view doesnt really get there. Falvours are all over the shop. Just way too much going on. Some graininess mixed with chocolate mixed with shiraz trype flavours. Light sourness to finish. Medium mouthfeel with a clinging unpleasant aftertaste. Per usual with these guys I really dont get it.