davidm (1919) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the brewery. Very tasty. Aromas of roasted malt, caramel, and flowers. Taste is sweet, with a light bitter finish. Velvety palate, medium body. Amber colour, with a frothy white head.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at The Local Taphouse (Sydney). Another popular one with the GrandMistress. Looks more light brown than amber in the glass. Sour fruit on the nose. A smooth palate with a little creaminess. The malt and hops are quite mellow, but the balance works well. Toffee from the malt and citrus and fruit from the hops. I love the sourness - farmhouse ale like.
bluevegie (3041) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 2, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Mountain Goat. Amber (slightly dull) in colour with short head and some lacing. Galaxy hops on the nose and in the taste with some caramel supporting.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Mountain Goat. Served quite cold and really suffers for it. Subtle, integrated, orangey hop aroma in the Goat style, tasting otherwise fairly thin and dominated by angular dark toffee-ish crystal malt flavour, with surprisingly high carbonation and a yeasty note like you get in some bottle-conditioned beers. As it warms, it opens up a lot more. Esters come forward and the malt character rounds out with the crystal malt becoming a lot more bright and glassy, and the yeastiness fades away. Much improved, but still only nice, not great. And how do you score it? It’s not like it’s a pub butchering their beer - it is served as they intend it (presumably).