Beershine (5178) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007 vintage, special acquisition. Clear amber with white foam. Hoppy aroma that belies the shiraz. Some copper in nose and palate. Nice, crisp and clean and solid but lacking the special character it promises.
UnholyBrewing (595) - Central Florida(Upper Hell), Florida, USA - APR 17, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
...well, I was rather surprised at this. I thought it was decent, and much better than I had expected. Nice color, and pretty complex with grape and fruit notes. I would drink this again someday. Worth trying.
highlandlad (1395) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I had high hopes for this shiraz-infused brew but sorry, I don’t get it. The concept may have legs but the balance is all wrong here. The end result seemed to me sickly sweet and a lot less than the sum of its parts. Looked fine - gold with a tawny hue and a fair head. The oversweet aroma was the first warning sign - intense dark fruits, crushed blackcurrants and a bit of leather. Spritzy mid-palate and an oily swallow. Good malt base but swamped by sweet Ribena notes. Mild bitterness and a big wash of sugars. Not awful but I have no idea when I would drink this. (Bottle courtesy of Sully, generous host of the RB Sydney Xmas 07 gathering)
ChrisTurner (206) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle -- Pours deep amber with a quite generous but fairtly short lived off-white head. Citrussy hop aroma quite similar to an APA but lighter. Flavor is citrussy sour with a quite thin feel in the mouth. A bit watery for my tastes but good.
TimE (2810) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 16, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This ruby reddish-amber brew shows notes of cherries, brownies, caramel and milk chocolate. THe body is a bit too thin for my liking, but then I drank it in the middle of several high ABV beers. Light caramel finish. Will revisit on its own to confirm rating.
Jarmby (25) - Lilydale, AUSTRALIA - DEC 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful balance and fruity hops with stewed fruit flavours
A great beer
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2008 Bottle (355ml). Poured a sparkling deep amber with red highlights and a creamy, slightly pinkish head, which was mostly lasting. Aroma was almost perfume like with spicy grassish hops, passion fruit, cherries and strawberries, hints sweet toffee and some malt. Taste was sweet and fruity with plums and cherrys, grassy hops, toffee and spices with with a dry, mild bitter finish which was very well balanced. Medium bodied with lively carbonation and a good finish.
MelbBrewersJD (39) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very interesting beer. Loved the ruby colour. Would have liked more aroma and can’t say I got much wine character, not that it was an issue for me. Overall an interesting beer.
madquacker (997) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - DEC 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Was a bit concerned on reading this had Shiraz in it!! Poured a nice copper hue with a small head. Another of the amercian pale ale variety with citrus and a nice dash of salt at the back. Good.
gam (2915) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2008 Not a large head, goes fairly quick ,smell is certainly of grapes,colour light browny red has a smell and a taste that are so much alike.It is not my type of drink but still it is a good drink that has a good malt flavour coming through together withthe grape giving it a tang yness that is mourishing.