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Murray’s Anniversary Ale 5

Formerly brewed at Murrays Craft Brewing Co.
Style: Barley Wine
Bob’s Farm, NSW, Australia
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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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This year’s Anniversary Ale marks the first major change in the base recipe since the inaugural batch. Brewed in collaboration with original head brewer Graeme Mahy to celebrate our 5th year the AA5 is still a wheat and barleywine at heart like the previous batches, and still oak aged, but we made some significant changes this year. This year’s brew is a lot darker with the addition of chocolate malt and roast barley to give the beer a distinctly darker colour and a solid dark grain bite in the flavour. The hop profile has also changed significantly with extra additions throughout the brew and a new blend of Green Bullet, Pacifica, Motueka and NZ Cascade hops used. The result is a beautiful dark ruby hued beer with aggressive hop aroma and flavour and a more assertive bitterness than previous batches. The caramel malt backbone of the beer is made more complex by the coffee notes from the dark grain additions. Classic American oak character comes through in the flavour and aroma further adding to the complexity of the brew. More than any previous year, we think this year’s batch is designed to age well. While it drinks fine now, we recommend careful cellaring for up to 10 years. I think this beer will certainly be going well in 5 years time. 10% Abv, $40 per bottle, only 1000 bottles available.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - APR 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours deep amber colored with a nice off white colored head. Aromas of dried fruit, caramel and alcohol. Flavor is sweet and tasty. Great!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11312) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear dark red with a medium, creamy, beige head. Aroma has sweet caramel, red berries, vinious. Medium carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has red currants, tart, good sweetness, good lingering bitterness. Lovely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (18351) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2013
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a longlasting off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel weak dark fruit aroma. Fruity malty spicy caramel dark fruit flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel and dark fruit finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (14015) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle at Amager Bryghus - Tasting - thanks to Papsø. Clear brown - offwhite head. Ryebread, fruity, nutty, dryness, nice hoppy, orange, coconut, bitterness, herbal hoppy, wooden/forrest hopy notes. Tjaaaa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10593) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2013
Bottled. Amber coloured. Unclear. Dense beige head. Aroma: Sweetness, ripe fruits, alcohol, nuts, light caramel. Flavour. Ripe fruits, vanilla, caramel, sweetness, light almond, brown sugar. Medium bodied. Ends alcoholdense and full of ripe fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brnandersen (2259) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2013
Sample from 75 cl. bottle. 2010 Vintage. Hazy, dark amber colour with a golden tint. Small, tan head. Sweet aroma with rich caramel malts, light toast, overripe fruits, some licorice, a vinous alcohol note. Taste is sweet. Full body, with a creamy texture and a soft carbonation. Long lasting drying finish. Solid BW.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (2793) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2013
Bottle - Hazy brown/amber colour with medium beige head. Aroma and taste is malty caramel, slightly nutty, toffee, biscuit, boozy dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (22268) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2013
Bottle at Tasting at Amager Bryghus. Clear orange-red coloured with a medium sized beige head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, dried fruits and hops with notes of oak. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel and dried fruits with notes of hops and alchol. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (33598) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2013
75 cL bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma is toasted malty and grapefruity hoppy. Solid bitter. Oaky, solid bitter and dry caramelish. Bone dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlackerMads (1891) - DENMARK - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle. Hazy chestnut brown with a large off white lacing head. Caramel, toffee, cocoa, sweet malt, light alcohol, dark dried fruits, bourbon?. A bit high on carbonation, light astringency in the finish. Going in the right direction, but perhaps needs a little refinement.

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