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

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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Danev76 (506) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2014
Thick chocolate malt aroma. Very dark brown colour with ok head. Beautiful dark chocolate flavour with toffee hints. Medium to heavy body with low to medium carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidm (1943) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2012 Bottle from the brewery. Very nice malty beer. Burnt aroma, with nuts, cola, and caramel. Taste is sweet, with average duration. Velvety palate, and medium body. Brown colour, with a frothy long-lasting head.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (3680) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 18, 2010
330ml bottle. Creamy latte coloured crown of foam. Deep brown in colour and appears solid and inviting in the glass. Strong biscuity malty aromas with a hint of caramel. Well balanced flavour that is very tasty. A little thin in the body when you drink it but this does nothing to detract from the overall enjoyment you get when you drink this.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2006 Bottle. Great clear dark ruby colour, sparse head. Very nice chocolate malted milkshake aroma, toffeeish crystal malt, dark malt phenolics, diacetyl, marmalade and sultanas. Crystal malt toffee flavour dominates, I wouldnít say thereís too much of it thereís just too little base malt character. Bit of choc malt roastiness. Bitterness only really stands out due to slight lack of malt. Alcohol in finish. Mouthfeel is simultaneously silky yet thin with noticeable alcohol. Not sure what to make of this beer. It started strong but kinda fizzled out. It might be better at the brewery (Iím sure Iíll be drinking it there some time soon) but Iím not convinced. (2.9)
RR: Well, hot damn! Two months in the bottle and this turned into something really special. Malted milk, sultanas - big flavours for its size and a beautiful mouthfeel. If this stuff is consistently like this itíll be moving into the 4s pretty soon.
RR: Yes, this tastes great on tap at the brewery too. Such rich malt flavours itís incredible, with a distinct caffe latte aroma. The bottles I bought tasted just a little young, so if you have some bottles of this and are reading this let them age for a month or two.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LesArgen (220) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2012
There are notes of toffee biscuit, mulled wine, coffee and chocolate with a little late resin and some alcohol. Thereís more coffee, chocolate, toffee and alcohol in the mouth. In both the aroma and taste thereís also a hint of shellfish and seawater, which is a bit odd but nevertheless, I really like this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2008
Looks like I’m the first North American to rate this beer, thanks to my friend Kat. Tasted from a bottle, and given an earlier rating, perhaps this is the best way to rate this one. Hazy copper/brown pour with yellowish off-white one-finger head that disappeared pretty quickly. Roasty caramel nose and all variations of malt aromas... brown sugar, burnt sugar, toffee, cookie, and a bit of dried fruit. Even more fruity on the palate with a hint of burnt wood and malted milk in addition to the strong malt and fruit notes. I think this bottle might have been aged a bit. It’s quite sweet, but I think the age has done good things to the sugars; I really liked this beer, apparently more than most other raters.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopRedHead (393) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2013
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. Couldnít believe how smooth the body was. Advice to anyone who wasnít happy with this beer - chuck it under your bed for a while, drinks really well with a bit of age.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BarossaLuke (540) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2013
Dark copper colour. Rich biscuit and malt aroma, loads of deep malt flavour with rich caramel and some light choc flavour. A really tasty beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgb1991 (119) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2013
Hazlenut, brownie aroma. Ugly leather colour but cool in its own way. Smooth malty body. Not used to malt the whole way through the taste of the beer, interesting. Watery finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattyhennessy (342) - Highton, AUSTRALIA - NOV 17, 2014
Pours a caramel brown with a foamy light brown head that dissipated quickly, but returns on agitation. Sweet caramel dominates the aroma. Brown sugar, toffee and dark fruits. Taste is sweet and almost sticky but not excessively so. Very smooth. Nutty, caramel and dark fruits are the dominant flavours. Medium bitterness to balance the sweet malts. Excellent.


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