Davros (2164) - 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 (3454) - 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.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours reddish copper with a white head that isn’t around for long. The aroma is fairly sweet and really is like fairy floss (cotton candy) with a touch of toffee and a tiny hint of malt in the background. Flavour is a little sweet but not as much as the nose would lead you to believe; in fact bittersweet is a more appropriate description. There are flavours of caramel, malt, sour apple, brown sugar and a hint of sherry at the end. Interesting beer, very tasty, but it would be hard to drink more than two in a night.
DonBirnam (108) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ the Malthouse. Colour is a dark amber/orange. Sweet caramel on the nose with a slight honey aroma. Zesty hop up front followed by caramel and peach malt flavour and slight bitterness to finish. Very well balanced. I could drink a few of these, until the 7% catches up with me (it is almost completely undetectable).
DuffMan (7343) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy red-orange with a brief thin head. Very nice sweet toffee and subtly yeasty aroma. Sweet toffee and peachy fruit flavour, surprisingly bitter finish. Medium bodied, and completely hidden ABV. Another nice brew from Pink Elephant!
bluevegie (3063) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly dull looking reddy orange body with short head. Hops just outshade the malt in the aroma, it seems pretty full on and all the characters are there in the taste. Caramel, spice, raisins and orange. Drank very well.
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours orange/copper with a nice off white head. Nose has caramel/toffee and fruity esters. Palate translates well, some dark malt sweetness with orange and apricot esters before medium resiny hop bitterness drives the finish. Quite similar to Mountain Goat Hightale except a little more polished, very enjoyable!
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Label reads ’Golden Tusk Special 7% ABV’. Pours dark golden with a medium off-white head. Smooth malt, caramel, orange zest, spice and alcohol. Good carbonation. Short and bitter finish.
Jimthechap (1885) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 20, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2011 I wasn’t the only one to put my nose to this beer and be utterly surprised to smell blue cheese! For all intents and pruposes it looked like a beautiful deep apricot ESB, but the from the first taste to the last, it tasted of blue cheese.
Was this beer conditioned in an oak barrel that had been used one too many times? Or was it britanomyces yeast? Either way it was hard to get over the blue cheese taste. It was lucky I love blue cheese, but I couldn’t have drunk more than I did. (2.9 rating)
Rerating 12 May 2011:
I think the last time I had this was at a brew festival, this time it is from the bottle and is 7% rather than 7.1%. Pours the most glorous amber colour: like Kauri gum. And the scent. This isn’t smell, it is scents of apricot, poached peaches, a whiff of clover honey. God, I’m in love.
And to taste, it feels strong, but there’s an enormous flood of tangerine, rosewater and stewed apricots. A short acid tinge develops into a full on broadside of warmth, sweetness and finally astringent bitterness. There’s also cramels, nutty toastiness, vanilla and maybe a little bit of banana? This beer is gorgeous. A real pleasure to re-rate.