ComradeK (975) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy deep ruby, with a small off-white head, which lasts reasonably well without leaving much lacing. The aroma is soft and fruity, with some plum, candied fruit and floral hops notes. Mild floral hops and a touch of allspice up front lead into fruitcake and plum characteristics in the mid-palate. There is a little sweet spice in the finish. This is not the most exciting beer around, but it is a nice enough sweeter session ale.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 2, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Dark brownish red pour with a smalltan head that quickly disappears. Sweet, slightly vinous aroma has notes of berries, cola, spice, brown sugar and molasses. Flavour is very similar: still sweet but with some balancing bitterness, malty, fruity and spicy. Mouthfeel is a touch thin and watery with low carbonation and a lingering bittersweet finish. This is drinkable, if somewhat unbalanced, and as far as Irish Ales go it isn’t too bad, however it’s not something I could see myself going back to often.
Dredd (686) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - MAR 7, 2008
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours red with very low carbonation and a thin caramel head. Aroma is mainly vegemite with a slight hint of fruit. Upfront flavour is spice, plum pudding, brown sugar which evolves in to a strong long bitter finish.
Apart from the nose, the brewer description is spot on. Gets more complex with every mouthful, lots of stuff going on, almost impossible to nail all of them down though. Will probably improve after a few months.
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (330ml). Poured a deep ruby with an off-white head which was virtually non-existent. A strong nutty/wood aroma with sweet roasted malts, golden syrup and sweet toffee. Flavor was very pleasant and well rounded with strong notes of nuts, roasted malts, some earthy hops, golden syrup, sweet toffee (but not cloyingly so) and hints of aniseed and molasses in the finish. Very well hidden alcohol content seemed more like 4.4%. Medium bodied with soft carbonation, dry/creamy mouthfeel, somewhat oily texture and a good finish. An excellent Irish ale.
ShaneJ (473) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Plonk. Deep mahogany, raisins, caramel/cola, fruit cake/pudding, some spice, not overly bitter, nice sweet malt finish. Really nice.
Jade (405) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red brown colour, beige head. Floral aroma, sweet. Lovely bitter taste. Warming sensation.
jimmythechippy (90) - , AUSTRALIA - MAR 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
brought at grampians food wine festival. can’t remember heaps about this beer as it was some years ago, but i remember i wanted another bottle but couldn’t find one anywhere!