Mattburns (109) - USA - MAY 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap and bottle. Nutty, roasting, in taste which is evenly matched by hops and bitterness. Dark in colour. Good amount of lacing. A sessionable beer.
ComradeK (908) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown, with a small head. Interesting aroma - slightly spicy and a bit sweet as well, with maybe a hint of chicory. Nicely bitter, with a smooth dark chocolate aftertaste. A fine dark beer for winter, and a good example of Australian craft brewing.
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
when will Aussie brewers stop making "dark ales" (and get on with making stouts). this could pass for a pale ale actually. but it’s really another crystal malty Amber ale with low bitterness and lots of fruity aroma hops. a touch of class provided by solid English tasting malty foundation and some interesting kiwifruit and blackcurrant notes from either yeast or hops. still neither fish nor flesh for mine, like a cross between American brown and esb, both of which are halfway houses themselves, beer for those who don’t know what they want.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dirty brown with smallish tan coloured heads. Some lacing, Aromas of dark sweet malt balanced by some citrus hops. Flavours show plenty of earthly slight toasted malts. Not too bad.
Davros (1787) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark copper with ruby highlights and a large lasting head.
Nose shows green, spicy, grapefruit hops with nutty darker malts and hints of chocolate in the background. Neither hops nor malt leap out of the glass, quite a good balance.
First up upon tasting the malt seems to lead the way, with more nutty and lightly roasted notes. The hops mainly show up as a green, spicy finish of mild bitterness.
Carbonation is too high, creating very dry finish.
floydian1 (813) - FNQ, Australia, - MAR 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Little Creatures Dining Hall in Melbourne (recommended). Appears cloudy light brown with a medium tan head. Nose of caramel, nuts, raisins and a hint of dark chocolate. Flavour is toasty and fruity with a mild bitter hop finish. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with an easy drinkability. Medium bodied. Nice.
TheJollyOne (230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown still body over thin but sticky looking brown head. Nose of dark fig and caramel. Slightly roasty flavour, walnuts are a focus, slightly sour finish. Feels like a nut brown ale. A bit lifeless bit pleasantly clean palate. Its been a while since I had something interesting, so I’m feeling good about this.
bmeup (498) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - MAR 20, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great colour of dark amber with lastin creamy head. Some sweet malt, spice and caramel when stirred. Reminds me of Boags Wizard though a little darker. Not a lot happening here.
strings (377) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Nice surprise - lots of character, very full-bodied and surprisingly fruity for a brown ale. Good kick of bitterness with chicory notes.
Jade (399) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Darke reddish colour, quite clear. Beige head that dissipates reasonably quickly. Sweet, fruity aroma with toffee or caramel touches. Light and creamy feel to it with a warming, bitter after taste.