Brewed by Purrumbete Brewing
Style: English Strong Ale
Alfredton, Ballarat, VIC, Australia


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
Strong Celtic Ale. Deep golden-red colour, rich, intense and complex malt flavours. As unique, delightful and as rewarding as a finding an unguarded dragon’s treasure hoard.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dredd (812) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - DEC 27, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2008 first off, for a beer this high in alcohol, it covers it quite well. Aroma is mainly malt with some spiciness, appearence is a cloudy ruby-brown. Flavours are kind of wierd, there is some almost fudgy vegemite that finishes witha hint of phenolics and there are some what I would call fine grain tannins in there as well which gives it that cocoa finish. But a beer is more than a sum of it’s parts and this one i am afraid does little to satisfy. Maybe next time for the red duck guys. RR: A lot smoother since the original rating, grain tannin is restrained much more pleasent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2009
Slightly yeasty nose with some citrus from the hops. Pours hideous - muddy diarrheoa brown with no head to speak of. Flavour is ok, but the sweet sultana-like malt gives way to an over-egged alcoholic astringency that carries into the finish. Ultimately a bit unsatisfying.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2006
Deep ruby-brown, not much head. Nicely textured, fudgy, toasty malt with lots of that weird cherryish alcohol stuff I don’t really like, bready yeast and some weird phenolics (again!) Nice soft mouthfeel and round malt, salty alcohol and no real hop character. Unidimensional just like their other beers. Pretty uninspiring stuff, sadly, but I recall liking it a fair bit more at the Vic Micro Showcase. Like their other beers I just can’t see what this offers to make me want to drink it again. But other people seem to like them so maybe I’m just stupid.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Lunkie (1813) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2006
Smokey malt aroma. Cloudy brown colour with good head and lacing. Bitter burnt malt flavour. Fizzy palate.

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