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Murray’s Anniversary Ale 4

Formerly brewed at Murray’s Craft Brewing Co.
Style: Barley Wine
Bob’s Farm, NSW, Australia
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.77/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Around this time each year Australia’s most extreme brewer, Murray’s Craft Brewing Co, produces less than 1,000 bottles of its distinctive Anniversary Ale to celebrate its birthday and the holiday season in style. And this year, Murray’s Anniversary Ale 4 is certain not to disappoint. Each year’s there’s a twist on the base recipe. For the first time, this year half the batch was transferred to American Oak casks for extended maturation. This ale was then blended with the second half and fermented, before being bottled and corked in champagne bottles. As with previous years Murray’s Anniversary Ale 4 is an intense mix of sweet, nutty caramel malt flavours and an aggressive hop bitterness and flavour from the New Zealand Cascade and Pacific Hallertau hops. The result is a very complex and intense flavour experience that will age nicely over at least the next 5-10 years.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
c2sL (2) - Medowie, AUSTRIA - JAN 27, 2016 does not count
I have been very patient. I cellared this beer 6 years. Now ,I have to be patient again. The cork popped like a bottle of champagne, & is highly carbonated. so takes a while to pour. Barley wine style usually flatter. The beer is full of flavour, like a Xmas pudding, big mouthfeel, full of raisins, & sultana flavour, also big brown malt, & yeast flavour. Alcohol, not totally hidden, but not overpowering. Hop taste still remains, unlike the Anniversary no. !. which has become syruppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - APR 5, 2014
Bottle. Explodes an leaves a reddish amber colord fluid with a big frothy off white head. Nutty aroma with notes of caramel, strawberry, malt, honey and hops. Flavor is sweet and yet balanced. Great and tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (12136) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours deep red with a medium, frothy red amber with a large, creamy, beige head. Aroma has caramel, melon, chocolate, vinious, light vanilla. Medium to high carbonation, lots of fat mouthfeel. Flavour has red berries, caramel, sweet, strawberries. Lovely balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2012
Bottle 04/02/12. Pours cloudy hazy amber reddy brown, minimal-average head. Aromas of citrus, caramel toffee boozy notes, fig, dates, raisins and prunes. Full body, soft mouthfeel, average bitterness, slick, yet gritty. Lightly acidic, moderately bitter, lingering long lightly sweet sour finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2011
Bottle at Papsø’s
Cloudy brownish color; generous head. Very nice aroma of malt and hops, a bit cheesy, sharp, phenolic, but interesting. Strong body, with a good full malt flavor and caramel, some vanilla oak, and a strong hopping too. Very good American styled Barley Wine, powerful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3484) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 7, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2011 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours a dark orange-amber with a very big white, frothy head. Very good lacing and retention. Aromas give off heavy caramel malts, dried & dark fruits, oak, and hops. Flavour is heavy sweet. Lots of sweet dried fruits and roasted caramel malts. Very good beer despite the oxidation as we opened it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (23355) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty hoppy aroma with hints of dark fruit. Sweetish malty hoppy bitter spicy dark fruit flavor. Has a sweetish malty hoppy dark fruit finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bmeup (639) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2010
Dark amber with a lasting pillowy head. Aromas of passionfruit, sweet stone fruit, citrus and pine. Flavours of caramel malt with a slight roast character, sweet dried fruit, hops and a little oak. Full body, soft carbonation and bitter hop finish. Great beer. First release [#4] i have tried, one for now and two for later.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2010

Bottle 750ml.

Clear medium to dark orange amber orange color with a large, frothy, good lacing, fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, licorice, alcohol - bourbon alike, oak, dried fruit, light roasted, moderate hoppy, orange - citrus. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, light alcohol - bourbon alike. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20101024]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2010
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Clear red/brown - offwhite head. Sweetness, caramel, berries, light oxidation, licorice, dried fruits, ok hoppy, light bitterness, citrus, fruity.

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