ComradeK (1060) - 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.
gam (3493) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pinkish bubbly head misty red brown por strong carbonation aromas nutty chocolate vanilla flavour caramel chocolate vanilla fairly smooth mild bitter good alcohol content winter special beer warm tasting flavours malts mainly
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.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a very deep mahogany with a very frothy light tan coloured head. Disappears pretty quickly to nothing. Decent malt aromas supported by dark fruits and some dark toffee. Unfortunately though I also get plenty of slightly off yeast aromas coming through. Flavours are a little bland. There is definately some malt sweetness but not much else. Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Didn’t really enjoy this.
Lunkie (1537) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Malt sweet aroma with banana. Murky brown red colour with great head and lacing. Smooth malt flavour with banane and fruit. Smooth palate.
Dredd (711) - 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.
madquacker (1064) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - MAR 3, 2008
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Dark red with no head. A bit cordially for me and overly sweet. Not my pick of styles.