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Stone & Wood ’The Mash Collective’ Aureus Chrysalis

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Style: Smoked
Byron Bay, Australia

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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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A chef, musician, furniture maker, engineer and tattoo artist walk into a brewery… and out pops the Aureas Chrysalis. The second release from Stone & Wood’s occasional side project, the Mash Collective, which sees us bring together eclectic collections of creative people to concoct new beers. Having launched the first Mash Collective beer at the 2012 GABS, this time their select band included leading tattoo artist Trevor Bennett, home brewer Richard Grant who won a competition at last year’s Good Beer Week to become part of the team, chef and TV presenter Ben O’Donohue, furniture maker Greg Hatton and musician Ash Grunwald. They came up with some unusual inspirations for the beer, including using the colour of Ash’s favourite guitar for the colour. The name comes from one of Trevor’s pieces of artwork, with Aureus the Latin for gold, but also for hop, and Chrysalis referring to the cocoon that gives birth to a beautiful creature. According to the team, the beer is inspired by the bold ales of Belgium and Scotland. Think the faint whiff of a smoky highland fireplace across a rich Flemish fruit cake, iced with a spicy resinous marzipan.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (3680) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 18, 2014
500ml bottle from Archive Beer Boutique 170513. Dark brown almost black in colour with scattered beige foam. Currents, raisins and spice in the aroma. Flavour is good with a bit of a burn hitting the back of the throat.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niksko (376) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2014
Pours a ark cherry color with fine off white head. Nose is toffee, rum, dark fruits. Flavour is toffee, slight citrus, a bit of smoke on the finish along with burnt toast. Slightly watery. Not bad, but not as good as I was expecting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ShaneJ (578) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 23, 2013
Bottle from Slowbeer. Clear dark reddish-amber, smoky, caramel/toffee, dried fruit, rich and complex, quite nice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 14, 2013
hazy amber-brown, aroma is an odd mix of smoke, rich caramel/toffee malt and light bubblegum. There’s even a hint of alcohol in there. Yeasty more than anything with a thin body and background polyphenols that shouldn’t be there. The "scotch ale" part of the brew comes through in rich toffeeish malt and some toasted caramels. The problem is the Belgian side of this, which is really not adding anything to those malts other than distraction.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gnoff (7979) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2013
Draught at "Steyne" (or similar), second floor, where they have the dark beers. The big brick building close to Manly Beach, Manly, Sydney. On July 14, 2013.Cloudy copper color, tan head. Sweet, solvents scent. Grainy, dry, fruity taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness, dry. Dry, drywall aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluevegie (3059) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2013
A little bit of smoke on the nose upfront then after warming up, caramel. Caramel and crystal in the taste along with dried fruit and some pepper. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ALLOVATE (2469) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2013
A vibrant one; cap came off and near blew a bullet through the ceiling, dog cited a coronary and huddled itself in a nearby bedroom, the avid beer flowing streams onto the tiles - at this rate I’d be lucky to taste anything. Aroma in the house now a musty, husky, roasted peanut and walnut; a burst of Ambi-pur™ would be of great assistance! Finally settles a candi apple red with brown giving it life in the shadows. Not bright, but not not cloudy. Head is alive from the debris of that that rampant leak. Laces well. Husky, roasted malt dominate the nose with little else. Rather mellowing; sweet but weighted by a brandishing, peaty, smoky malt flavour. Carbonation is low and it feels foamy upon the palate. Warming despite its medial alcohol. Burnt fruit sugars, a hint of burnt cedar, caramelised raisins. Lasting bitter fruit sugars, almost savoury but they do fade. Light tannic note; blood, rust. Dirty water, gritty, spent grain’, fruit mince long between each sip. It is so easily quaffable, but a label away from being forgettable. I like it, and errr, um!!! .(50cL, no date stamp, Cellarbrations Carlisle)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonnyguns (1064) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2013
Bottle from mane liquor. Dark brown murky black pour with a tanned head. Aromas of raisins, dark fruits and black currants. Almost has a hint of rum in there but the dark fruits dominate the nose. There is a touch of burnt smoke adding to the complexity. Taste has that burnt smokey flavoured upfront then the raisins and black currants come to the party. Brown sugar like sweetness combines nicely with the strong dark fruit presence. Some might not like the sweetness could be too much but i dont mind it. Pleasant bitterness. Pretty impressed with this Aussie brew

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3263) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29, 2013
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours toffee like with a fluffy, very yellow head. Smells like burnt toffee. Lots of stewed fruits. Very rum and raisin like - lots of focus on raisins. Quite sweet flavour profile. Taste is mushed currants and raisins. Very christmas pudding like flavours. Brown sugar is prominent. Warmth from the alcohol on the finish. Solid stuff but a little sugary and sweet to be great. Still well done

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2013
The best beer I have had from Stone and wood. More complex and creative than their previous offerings. I like the brewers creativity - a little daring and they pull it off. Nice.


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