Vanz (189) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good colour description, burnished copper. Strong caramel malt aroma. Lovely flavour on first drink, but to my taste appears to be a bit too sweet. Overall a nice beer though, just a bit sweet.
M_Sack (366) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Burnished copper is a good description. Minimal head and medium level of lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, huge chocolate and glacé cherries. Flavours of chocolate, christmas pudding and roasted malts. Smooth mouthfeel, gentle mid palate bitterness and a sweet finish. A slightly hollow finish, but enjoyable flavours. Esb as listed? Scotch ale? More like a chocolate dark ale to me. I don't care though, nice beer.
gnoff (7780) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2013 First rating
Bottled at Kerbside, Brisbane, on July 20, 2013.
Clear reddish brown color, tan head. Sweet, malty, toffee taste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness. Sweet, malty, fruit cake scent. Sweet, malty aftertaste.
Bottled 33 cl at Penny Blue, Melbourne. On July 25, 2013.
Cloudy brown color, tan head. Sweet, malty taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium low bitterness. Malty, sweet aftertaste. Sweet, fruity scent.
HopRedHead (344) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. In the cellar for two years, aged very well. Poured black with burgundy glints around the edge. Aroma of toffee, dark fruits, nuts and a touch of cocoa powder. Big smooth toffee flavours, backed by a rich dark fruit profile. Couldn’t believe how smooth the body was. Advice to anyone who wasn’t happy with this beer - chuck it under your bed for a while, drinks really well with a bit of age.
Jado (515) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear but dark brown with some brick red highlights. Getting some dark roasted malts, chocolate and stewed fruit on the nose, with maybe a hint of peat. The taste has some lighter fruit (plum?) up front before some coffee-like bitterness comes in. Finishes clean with some peachy notes. Actually a pretty good beer, but I’m not sure it’s really true to the style.
ComradeK (1010) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml bottle. Pours an opaque deep chestnut, with a small off-white head, which lasts reasonably well without leaving much lacing. The aroma has some typical dark and sweet Scotch ale characteristics, but mixed with some faint soy that jars a little. It is much more hoppy than I would expect of a Scotch ale, with bitter herbal and weak pine notes up front. These lead, via more incongruous soy, to a treacley, sweetly malty body. There are some herbal and dark chocolate flavours in the finish. This is a bit of an odd one. Stylistically, it does not match its own claims to be a Scotch ale, but nor is it an ESB, as Ratebeer suggests. To me it feels a bit lost between the two aforementioned styles and a hoppier ale altogether. It doesn’t really work for me.
LesArgen (200) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
There are notes of toffee biscuit, mulled wine, coffee and chocolate with a little late resin and some alcohol. There’s more coffee, chocolate, toffee and alcohol in the mouth. In both the aroma and taste there’s also a hint of shellfish and seawater, which is a bit odd but nevertheless, I really like this beer.
fletchfighters (1063) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2012
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A-- Poured a reddish brown, settled in glass as near chocolate color with tints of red at the bottom of the glass. Half finger of light brown head that became film. No Lacing and very little head retention.
S-- Roasted malts, roasted coffee and slightly sweet carmel. The roasted smells were the dominant smell with carmel in the background.
T-- Coffee, roasted malts and carmel almost all at once in the taste. Nothing to get excited about.
M-- Over carbonated right off the bat. Carmel finish is pretty dominant in the end and slightly sweet. Flavor drops off pretty quick leaving a slightly sweet but acidic ending feel. Still a dry finish. The carbonation hurts the beer too much.
D-- Probably a better Dark Ale than a Scotch Ale.
jdpeebs (687) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle. Copper in colour. A nice and malty beer. With sweet caramel and toffee flavours.
GothGargoyle (1159) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear rust colour with a small pale head. Aroma is strawberry, leather, raisins, lychee, caramel. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, Medium bodied, smooth on the palate with a sweet grainy finish and a slight tannin aftertaste Taste is raisins, caramel, wood, toasted grain.