Dredd (663) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Arguably the nicest aroma I have experienced in a beer. Huge fresh aromatic hops, i can’t detect a lot in the way of malts or fruit though. The flavour is primarily more of the hops that tapers off in to some pleasantly long fruity malts, as it warms it has a slightly grape/raisin finish pleasent but not sweet. I can only assume this subtlety is courtesy of the Barossa Shiraz.
This is an interesting follow on beer to the Knappstein Lager. Once again innovation is coming through from a wine label. The amazing thing is both are unique but at the same time highly enjoyable well crafted. It shows once again room exists for innovation in beer and that perhaps microbrewers can look past the IPA/Pale Ale/Wheat Beer/Lager/Stout options when coming to market.
Anyway enough of the editorial, back to the beer.
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Surprisingly it doesn’t pour a beautiful crimson as you would expect a beer made with Shiraz juice, instead it’s a slightly darker shade of golden with a tightly packed white head. The aroma is nice, but doesnt show much Shiraz past a slightly vineous note, the main aroma is a big burst of fresh spicy hops and some light biscuit malt, it really smells good!
Full enough body, smooth in the mouth... flavours of spicy hops, sweet malt and some grain, maybe a little unripe fruit note too. Finish is hoppy and delicious... Pepperjack gimmick aside, this is an extremely tasty and well made beer.
bluevegie (3028) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear, bright honey coloured body with a good size head. Apples, dried fruit and a little bit of resin in the taste, very pleasant aroma and fairly light in the body. Seems to be mainy hop driven which is ok but you really have to look for the shiraz. This is a “Hand Crafted Ale” so it is got to be good.
sinkas (265) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Loveley red coloured pour, with average white head. Spicy hoppy aromas, crisp linear bitterness with spritely hoppy tang, tough to really pick the shiraz in here, but overall very nice.