highlandlad (1463) - 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)
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.
Nicko (223) - Ashfield, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is a lot more boring than I thought it was going to be. Amber-rose’ colour, almost no head. Smells like sour malt. Slight shiraz dryness, almost salty. One is enough for me.
Meilby (10584) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle 330ml @ TFODRBSG11, Ulfborg
Pours clear brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, grain and spices. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 1, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle picked up in downtown newcastle. clear amber with a minimal head; nutty, toffeed aroma; simple caramel flavours with a dull finish lacking in bitterness
enak (27) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2008
2.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Lovely aromas of pineapple, ripe apple and blueberry. Pours an amber red with decent head. Taste was rather disappointing given the promising introduction. Bland but crisp, nothing more really.
Expecting more from this winery attachment.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2009
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Highly carbonated, orange-amber colour with a medium sized pink head which actually increases as the beer is left idle. Sweet and raisin like fruity and strong vinuous aroma (duh). A tiny bit of sweetness at the start but then tasted quite sour in my mouth, very watery. Not my kind of thing at all, sorry.
22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Interesting to try, this is considered a fruit beer even though the shiraz grapes really are just an accessory in this brew. Pours a clear light amber, minimal head, some reddish highlights. The shiraz comes out in the aroma as very slight, there’s mainly a medium caramel malt aroma and a slightly dank fruitiness. Tastes slightly acidic, a sharp medium caramel twang, with a small bit of generic citrus hop aroma. Not as impressive as it could be and definitely underwhelming.
sthlm (1270) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
[Bottle] Pours reddish amber with basically no head. Aroma is pretty weak at first, but after allowing it to warm up, a lot of apple, grape, and quite a bit of floral character. Taste is really strange. A vegetal aspect that isn’t very nice is present, along with mild bitterness, a perfumey, fruity taste that I can’t pinpoint and a good deal of malt at the end. Decent mouthfeel, fairly short finish. This is a very peculiar beer, and not in a very good way. Really did not enjoy it, and it got hard to drink towards the end.