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Murray’s Anniversary Ale 5

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


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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmeup (639) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2013
First up, quite carbonated, massive tan head settles to a tight 5mm layer. Dark ruby under backlight looks great. Taste is sweet, caramel, toffee, malty and glazed dried fruit, heavy with a hint of warming alcohol buzz. Hops are in the back seat here and falling in bitterness after two years, though it has wonderful floral notes. Full bodied with slick sticky legs in the glass. Sensational BW, waiting for the others maturing is going to be difficult, but worth it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CitrusP (65) - Newcastle, AUSTRALIA - SEP 20, 2012
2010 bottle (of course). This beer left quite an effect on me, and at $29 a bottle I’m glad it did. Smelt of Smooth Rockmelon with some yeast. Very well balanced flavours is what struck me most, sweeter rockmelon flavours to begin with leaning towards darker fruit flavours as it warmed. Beautiful smooth, yet a little resinous mouthfeel. Not at all bitter and very drinkable for the ABV. Never had a beer quite like this one to be honest, very enjoyable. Clearly aging well, tempted to get another!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - APR 15, 2012
Bottle at Murray’s at Manly. Pours an unclear dark amber with a tiny white head. Smells lovely, of caramel, plum, vinous, and some spices. Tastes of a medium-heavy sweetness, with a medium bitterness, and some fruitiness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, and a syrupy texture. Finishes mildly bitter with a long duration. A lovely beer.

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2011
Smallish head carbonation still medium class dark murky cola looking colour to beer aromas floral apricot dark fruits plum prune caramel alcohol citrus yeast flavour chocolate note port wine plum prune raisin apricot peaches raisin yeast floral note bitter just below medium oak touch very good resinous taste of pine very fruity finish a dryness good bitter lovely barleywine malts a plus

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miksu (5046) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - SEP 2, 2011
Bottle at Chris O’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2011. Reddish brown color. The aromas and flavors of toffee, vanilla and raisins. Nice condensed dessert wine type of beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (12134) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fletchfighters (1410) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2012
A-- Pours a dark brown color with nice ruby highlights. Nice looking off white head, one finger in height. Held shape well and left nice spotty lacing while drinking. S-- Big malt backbone of sweet toffee. Quite nice. Followed by touches of wheat and then stone fruit. Far more mellow as the kiwi hops have been restrained more and not so perfume like. T-- As a group we all noticed that how well the alcohol was hidden for such a young beer. Quite complex, fruity, slight amounts of chocolate and bitterness. Just plain good. M-- Medium bodied and light medium carbonated. Some slickness from the hops and just touches of oak in the mouth. O-- Good barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (2142) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2016
corked & caged 750mL bottle from Brewery. Brewed 2009 Quite a dark pour for a Barley Wine (age?) - bronze ruby-highlighted edges, holds small orange-beige ring of cream. Potent sort of aroma - sultana, raisins, prunes, burnt toffee, Seville orange marmalade, earthy spice, touch of Rancio & overly ripe tropical fruits (paw paw!?). Subdued carbonation, thick yet dry overall impression, smooth, silky, slightly tannic, warming on finish. Big smooth body - rich caramels, stacks of dried fruits, oak comes through more with toasty oak, char, gun powder, peaches and apricot, toasty nutty malt notes. Long finish, plenty of bitterness. In great shape for a 5+ year old Barley Wine, great choice to bring up number 1800!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (3538) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2011
About 13C. Clear dark red with a beige head that is never less than a good coat and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma of toffee, sherry, dried orange peel, pine, mocha. A little obvious alcohol. Oily mouthfeel. Taste is sweet but thoroughly cleaned up by slightly spicy bitterness. There’s toffee and dried fruit, but the extent of the whisky flavours is a surprise given the aroma - although it’s more obvious going back to sniff. Some salt and oak at the fairly boozy end. Half expected the hop aromatics to be jarring, but if they ever were they’ve settled down nicely.

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