hawthorne00 (1889) - Melbourne, - JUL 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 15C. Copper with a small off-white head that lasts well. Aroma of dried fruit, toffee, spices. Oily to syrupy mouthfeel. No heat from the alcohol, even though this must comfortably be the strongest Australian beer I’ve had. Bittersweet taste with grapes, dried peaches, figs, raisins, toffee, spices. Sweet-seeming flavours, but not that much sweetness - partly it’s the dry finish, partly the creeping bitterness. Was half expecting a hot kitchen sink; not a bit of it.
gam (2697) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small frothy head soft medium carbonation misty deep amber pour aromas alcohol caramel brown sugar dried fruit plum vinous note the flavours dried fruit sultana prune plum saltiness port mild caramel sweetness molasses a goog bitter taste spicyness vinous woody touch smooth the finish fair tasting barleywine main aftertastes alcohol fruits woody vinous mix sweetness and bitter good on the palate but not as good as his earlier barleywine
ComradeK (749) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy, golden-tinted, deep chestnut, with a miniscule off-white head, which does not last very long, nor leave much lacing. Thick, treacley malt notes on the nose mix with a touch of Scotch-like iodine, port and coffee. It is, as would be expected, very mildly hopped, offering only very faint citrus. It is quite sweetly malty, with some hints of port, very similar in taste to a Scotch ale, although nowhere near as thick. The finish has hints of plum and a lingering alcoholic warmth. The actual taste of this beer is quite pleasant, but it is barely carbonated, and soon becomes entirely flat. Without the balance of at least some carbonation, its predominantly sweet flavours become a little cloying. I was expecting quite a lot from this beer, and whilst it is, on the whole, not too bad, it is nowhere near the quality that I have come to expect from Murray’s.