ALLOVATE (2221) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cap came off with little help from the bottle opener, the beer soon following as it projectile vomited itself all over the dining table. What made it to the glass was a murky, deepest brown liquor with muddy yeast footprints on the base. Head was a towering, rocky, off-white and well fuelled mess that left thick daubs of lace. A complex but not altogether convincing nose has hints aniseed, spruce, heather, camphor, twiggy bark and peanut husks and salty, raw kelp. It is heavily phenolic and piercing with something in their also that I couldnít quite put my finger on - almost like those old faux chocolate scented scratch and sniff stickers teachers gave out in Primary School. First sip had me squirming, but there was something in there that was alluring. The carbonation is quite fierce but it heightens this demerara sugar, scorched wood, camphor and burnt bitter berry combo it has going on. It is quite meaty, chunky otherwise in body with a very long hop, malt, yeast, sugar, smoke, obscenely dry and Unterbergesquely bitter. Iím lost for words. I donít know what to make of it. It tastes more like a German herbal aperitif with all the anise coming through, and honestly just as boozy with that alcohol being about as shy as Ruch fans at a Wisła Krakůw away game, this has a freaky-arse kick. It is sweet, bitter, herbaceous, boozy, smoky, not altogether knowing what the left is from the right but somehow pulling it off. I like, I hate it, what is it and can I get another...... (33cL, no date stamp, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
Stew41 (1624) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - APR 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thereís a lot jammed into this beer (as I expected) but it doesnít quite hang together. Lots of roast and chocolate on the nose, together with some aniseed from the alcohol, and similar to taste. Fruits are quite firm and bitter and thereís a reasonable amount of hop bitterness present. Fizz levels way too high, IMHO, for the style, and I found it hard to get into the beer.
mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle. Layers of brown colour fill the glass. Carries a fine modest sand coloured foam. A great bg mixture of aromas with fruity, sweet and sour all blended together. Thin in the mouth with lots of flavour. Like the aroma the flavour is a great mixture and leaves the palate very confused.
magdalar (513) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - APR 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a creamy offwhite head. Smells of chocolate, malt, hops, brown sugar. Tastes of a medium sweetness, light-medium bitterness, roast, some nuttiness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, oily/creamy texture. Finishes very dry and slightly bitter.
KyotoLefty (5575) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel, banana, phenols, and Belgian yeast. Sweet sugary nose with raisins and some diacetyl. Interesting for sure, and pleasant, though a bit out of whack.
jonno (2014) - JAPAN - APR 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
What an odd beer - it works, but only just! Spicy, phenolic dark hoppy beer, with a noticable alcoholic vodka like note. Some vanilla as well. Some diacetyl as well apparently. I enjoyed my sampling (about 120ml) but that was more than enough for me. Thanks Jase for this one!
Brenhophead (473) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours like chocolate syrup with almost the same aroma and a beige lasting head. Has a like chocolate/espresso flavour and a warming alcohol feel. On par with 8 wired brown ale.
Davros (1725) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours murky dark brown with a large, lasting head.
Boths hops and roasted malt are strong on the nose; big coffee and cocoa notes alongside grapefruit, pine and peach.
Same story with the flavours, big roasty characters as mentioned in the aroma, while the hops are mostly noticeable in a big, brash bitterness. Some alcohol is noticeable, but not hot.
bluevegie (3030) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky brown body with short off-white head. Good aroma of hops initially followed some coffee, malts come through more in the taste also the brown sugar. Easily drinkable, donít exactly pick up the alcohol, light in body with chocolate notes as well.
davidm (1868) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 330ml from Purvis. Masterpiece, great hoppy nose, with robust body. Aromas of caramel, smoke, grass, and liquorice. Sweet start, with bitterness taking over for a long finish. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Dark brown, with a frothy head.