LesArgen (265) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
You get some unexpected wafts when you sniff White Rabbit in your glass. There’s plenty of caramel and toffee, but also resin, pine, tobacco and something that i can only describe as Melbourne Water. Almost like I’m sniffing an ice block. The creamy head unfortunately belies a somewhat watery palate dominated by a very light hoppiness and some late chocolate. Unusually for a dark ale, I recommend this beer for a warm summer’s day.
Stew41 (1808) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A catch-up tasting note. Juicy fruits and some tang on the nose; not what you’d typically expect from a brown ale. Some mild roast but otherwise doesn’t quite seem true to style with the lack of dark and chocolate fruits. Otherwise a little unremarkable.
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2014 Brown ales are as rare as Geordie accents down under which is one reason to welcome this as a regular in bottle shops and pubs. It’s streets ahead of their honeyed White Ale, which sadly seems to be challenging this as the brewer’s most popular beer everywhere but here. It’s brandy-brown in colour with a loose, vanishing head. Malts dominate a sticky aroma of burnt sugars, taffy, ginger ale and faint bubblegum. Slick, oily mouthfeel. Very English through the mid-palate before an American twist at the end. Toffee, licorice root, all-spice and mint. Refreshing. A piney finish. Pretty good take on a style that’s often insipid and forgettable.
gav12c (119) - Wollongong, AUSTRALIA - APR 26, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours dark opaque brown with a thin white head. caramel and dark fruit on the nose which is mirrored in the flavour. finish’s sweet.
downender (7040) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle in Perth, WA. Brown in colour with slight carbonation. Sweetish, with caramel and a touch of spice, before a short, bitter finish. Forgettable.
omega (791) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 22, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a nice colour, but for a dark beer not very viscous. This lack of body is evident in the flavours, though while pleasant, lack richness and depth.
Sevenlee (1572) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown colour with an off-white head. Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruits and some caramel. Taste is also roasty with fruity and caramel notes leading to a minor bitter finish. Pretty decent.
alang51 (54) - Essendon West, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I dont rate this as highly as others. Initially carbonation was high but settled down after a while. This was a stubby, may be diff on tap. Malty flavour with a mild bitter finish but it just lacks a bit of oomph.
DeliriumT (391) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Delivers exactly what it promises... A dark ale. Offers caramel, chocolate and coffee malts on the nose and each can be tasted when you wash this beer down. Tastes better served ice cold, unlike other dark ales which are better at about 6-10 degrees, but then again it is Australia and it’s refreshing to wash down an ice cold beer.
demonsfc (1) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent beer. Deep toffee colour with a creamy stable head with great aroma. Found to be very smooth with a fuller feeling in the mouth than other dark ales, yet clean aftertaste.