Brewed by Red Hill Brewery
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Red Hill, VIC, Australia
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
The colour of burnished copper, strong with a caramely sweetness. A malt driven beer, lightly balanced with our own Goldings and Willamette fresh hop flowers. The grain make up in this beer is a tightly kept secret. It has taken 7 years to perfect and is a very special blend of English Malts, some of which are dark roasted to impart the toffee and sweet flavours of this ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ComradeK (1076) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LesArgen (276) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2012
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
fletchfighters (1298) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2012
330ml bottle. Copper in colour. A nice and malty beer. With sweet caramel and toffee flavours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GothGargoyle (1888) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenryXXX (204) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 28, 2012
Pours a ruby red and slight brown color. The nose is red fruit, oak, and red vine licorice sticks. The pallet is flimsy with a buttery Red fruit, coffee, and anis flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rangi (664) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 26, 2012
Nice poor, deep deep brown, slight head. Funky aroma at first followed by a toasty sweet syrupy flavor and taste which finnishes with just a slight bitterness. Really good warming winter beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5spdvl (4) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 20, 2012 does not count
Recently got onto the Scotch Ales. warm feeling beer, suitable as a one off after dinner on a cold night. Taste is strong, but not over bearing, with toffee, caramel, woods, and a slight tinge of alcohol towards the end of the swig. Somewhat dark when poured. Worth a look you like darker ales.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gramoit (378) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2012 Pours copper with thin white head. Malt and hint of alcohol make up the aroma. Malty caramel taste. Fairly smooth. Overall it is a alright but nothing that is amazing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (19650) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2012
29th December 2009
ChrisO ’Night Of The Gaylords’ tasting. Hazy dark brown beer. Some light malt on the nose. Light dry and softish palate. Tired malt with mild toffee. Finishes soft and dry. Okay but a bit dull.

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