ComradeK (922) - The Vale of Dundas, - 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.
djmatthews88 (9) - Abbotsford, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2014 does not count
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
coffee,alcohol, licorice, smoke, brown, frothy, tan foam, light sweetness, medium body, thin feel, soft carbonation,
StevieT (379) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle. Deep copper colour, Vegemite aroma, smooth malt flavours with some fruity hops too. Not quite what I expected but quite nice.
Supertrev (35) - CHINA - DEC 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells of a Scottish paddock. Looks like a puddle in a Scottish paddock. Tastes comforting of tobacco with a pleasant aftertaste.
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bgb1991 (91) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
BarossaLuke (537) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
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 (275) - 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 (7445) - 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 (322) - 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 (437) - 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.