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Red Duck Limited Release The Ox

Brewed by Purrumbete Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Alfredton, Ballarat, VIC, Australia
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Robust Porter. For lovers of dark ales, this is the one you have been dreaming of. Deep, intense aromas. Strong, well balanced flavour. A long and memorable finish. Like its namesake, once you get started on The Ox, it is impossible to stop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (1609) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2015
330mL bottle from Warners at the Bay A serious let down in looks department (at least compared to others RIS); opaque black body with olive green edges with a foam that dissipates very quickly. Aroma is rich and port-like; muscat, chocolate, raisin, dates, thick caramel, vegemite, glace orange, alcohol and herbal hop. Somewhat fruity and spicy; almost reminiscent of really dark weizenbock, rather than a stout. Carbonation quite subdued, seemingly adding to the syrupy viscosity and sweetness of this beer. Length is very good; it seems to cling onto the palate. Certainly a sweet affair this one; lots of chocolate and caramel and raisin, prune and date. Bitterness is relatively low (comparatively) with a lingering toasty, spicy, nutty sort of finish, with some black fruits and hop spice lingering. Very sweet, not nearly enough roasted malt and unusually fruity for the style; certainly makes for a tasty beer, but it’d probably be better off calling itself a Belgian Strong Dark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (20000) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2014
Bottle @ Björn tasting. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice aroma. Roasted malty licorice and chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty licorice and chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (5156) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: Tasting at Björn.
Appearance: Dark brown colour with a small beige head.
Aroma: Dried fruit, raisin, plum, roasted malt.
Body: Medium body, low to medium carbonation.
Flavour: Dried fruit, a bit smoked malt, plum, some alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TBone (14610) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 9, 2014
Bottle at Björns. Dark brown color, tiny brown head. Sticky alcohol, toasted aroma. Medium-bodied. A bit papery, alcohol, licorice in the flavor. Simple is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (23130) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 9, 2014
Bottled@Björn tasting. Brown colour, small off-white head. Aroma is roasted malts, some liquorice, mild wood and some earthy notes. Flavour is fruity, mildly alcoholic as well as some mild wooden notes. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (21761) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2014
Bottled. Dark brown, beige head. Chocolate and tar. Mid sweet with full body and rounded mouthfeel. Licorice and coffee, tar. Piney resinous bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NBird (552) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2014
Looks. Spent motor oil black/brown, smallest of tan heads Smells.boozy plums and sultana, burnt caramels and liquorish Tastes. Salted choc and liquorish, cooked sultanas, some smoke/peated notes, some bitterness from coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Unm4rk3d (86) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2013
This has a sweet richness that does not oppose your determination to want more. The alcohol content is there and subtle for the strength it imposes. Quite the drop, i encourage you to happen upon it with delight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rangi (648) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 26, 2013
Bready, yeasty, molases and slight coffee come through on the aroma first up. Aroma follows through into the flavour. Some nice heat from the alcohol and a silky oily feel to the beverage which wasnt to bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALLOVATE (2683) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2012
Friday night drinks aside, an Impy might do the trick of getting me in the spirit. Cap came off and the friendly Ox came out to greet me foaming at the mouth. Into a chalice at cellar temp. Promising inch thick tan head is fleeting settling back to little more than a wafer of suds. Good legs as it is swirled around the glass. Opaque black with a heavy sediment. Mellowing, thickly malty nose has hints of strapped leather, charred treated pine, molasses, burnt berry reduction, smoke and ash and a drowning depth of coffee liqueur. Body is a long way shy of heavy but is oily and viscous with low carbonation. A hint of berry bubblegum precedes smoky, charred grains and bitter/sweet dark chocolate with a mocha kick. There is more molasses here also. The alcohol is medicinal but not in a bad way - it is soothing and numbing making for a very slow sipper. Lingers long on the palate like a thick syrup. The aftertaste yields a twiggy note; the palate a lot of rose water and blueberry, ahem bubblegum? A likeable hard hitter with a complex nose yet streamlined palate. Delicious though it is it needs a little time to develop! One to cellar away for a few years. (33cL, Cellarbrations Carlisle)

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