davidm (1868) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 330ml. Another great pink elephant. Aromas of caramel, grass, and alcohol. Taste is sweet and spicy, with bitter notes, and a long-lasting finish. Palate is velvety, with a medium-to-full body. Amber with a frothy persistent head.
hawthorne00 (2088) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 29, 2010
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle, 12C Amber, beige head fades to a good coat. Low bead. Caramel and resin aroma. Some fortified wine or even Retsina character. Thereís also murky barnyard yeast in the aroma. Syrupy and very boozy for 7.1%. Big toffee taste with quite a lot of resinous and spicy bitterness. Some funk and alcohol there too. This is a rather strange beer - itís like an English Strong Ale with Belgian yeast and New World hops. And itís pretty horrible.
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells like an APA, lots for resiny hops floating over a hint of banana. Lots of alcohol on the nose. Light brown, fast evaporating head. Tiny bits of sweetness disolve into sour notes, fading to a very very long rough bitter aftertaste. Quite light and fluffy on the tounge, almost belgian in mouthfeel. Overall, an odd little ale. Lots of hops, but not as fresh as Iíd like an APA to feel. Very bitter, but not at all an English bitter style. Odd, but enjoyable. Will try again, but truthfully I wonder if a better ale couldíve come from not brewing for as high an alcohol content?
Stew41 (1624) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not sure if the style is right here as I read this more as a Belgian Ale. Lots of meaty stinky malts points me this way, although I do concede that the hop impact, particularly on the finish (think floral herbal hops) nods in the direction of an ESB. As others have noted quite fizzy and this does take the edge off the flavour intensity.
KapitiCritique (324) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - MAY 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle
Aroma: malt and some fruit I canít put my finger on. Reminds of something I had for breakfast, might be a syrup of some kind. I am intrigued.
Appearance: clear yellowish brown with big off-white head that dissipates quickly to a very thin film with rocky lacing.
Taste: while there is bitterness, it is not predominant, there is a little sweetness and maybe a hint of sour.
Palate: medium body, light cream texture, a tad bit sticky. Good carbonation and a longish finish, very mellow.
Overall: That missing aroma is going to bug me till I figure it out. Complex, with nice highlights and finish.
grapengrain (125) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 12, 2010
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Barnyardy nose, feral a bit of manure - not appealing. Big fruity malt and then waves of bitterness.
mkel07 (2512) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle. Murky and hazy with a big thick dirty white coloured head. Muddy amber colour and some aromatic hops come through with some spiced fruit aromas thrown in for good measure. Mildy bitter with a big hit of alcohol that grabs your attention straight up. Too many of these would put you on your back.
Davros (1720) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy amber with a thick persistent head.
Nose shows golden syrup and molasses, more like an old ale (similar to Fullers 1845, actually) than an ESB. Very rich, with practically no hops.
Same story with the flavours, loads of brown sugar before loads of booze and a sharp bitterness kick in.
Very creamy carbonation and body.
jimmythechippy (90) - , AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2010
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
interesting beer, pours a deep copper golen colour, with white fluffy head. this quite sweet and hides the acl levels, 7.1% hoppy finish in there, somewhere, but comes back at the end.
gam (2900) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 15, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Good carbonation red/brown pour aroma caramel chocvolate smooth malt nut light richness flavour toffee nut caramel tastes are smooth but lacking some sweetness a choclate taste finish bitter is stronger malt lacks sweetness uneven beer in taste.