Her Majesty is a warming strong ale, now in its third unique incarnation, that we release each year as the days shorten. This years model is a dark ale that brings together a mixture of rich British and German malts, a pinch of fruit and earthiness from its East Kent hops, a little secret something for complexity, and a slow cool fermentation to highlight the purity of the ingredients.
We dedicate this ale to all mums - yours and ours - whether they live next door, on the other side of the world, or are no longer with us. The beer was brewed, fermented and conditioned to optimum ripeness by our friends at Invercargill Brewery before being magically trapped in this bottle. Release it now, or save it for later, and enjoy responsibly along with the laughter of your best friends.
Brodies_Best (263) - Auckland Central, - AUG 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear amber with little head. Fruity aroma. Butterscotch, fruit (peach) , alcohol, biscuit, caramel, slightly smokey! Amazing desert beer? Aftertaste is not bitter
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - SEP 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very fruity, slightly phenolic nose. Smooth, rounded body. Soft flavours. Some ripe vine fruit, chocolate, stone fruit and a richness to the finish. Well developed and a unique aftertaste (some root/aniseed?).
mkel07 (4031) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Archive. A murky dark brown tea like colour with a mild aroma and a full mouthfeel. The flavour is quite good.
gam (3518) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ripping looking pour frothy biege coloured pour medium carbonation dark red brown pour and aromas plenty of spice grassyness sweet note earthyness flavours cinnamon clove mild nutmeg roasted vegetable tropical fruit smooth caramel stonefruit very hoppy tasting ale slightly creamy the finish wonderful imput into this ale hops a plenty malt creamy palate pleasing aftertastes so good top stuff
Jimthechap (1997) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper-russet colour with a good cream coloured head sitting in a persistent scum across the top of the beer. Aromas are of that lovely coppery Belgian malt character that puts you in mind of toffee-apples, caramel and the prospect that you may be a little light headed at the end of the beer (a feeling I confess I particularly enjoy). A rather autumnal character this beer.
The flavour is warm and reflective of the theme. Dark caramels, stewed golden fruit, parhaps a little bit of plum and treacle tart. It is a lip smacking enticement of an ale: one that is best enjoyed piece by piece while the weather does the wild thing against the windows while you sit in restful contemplation by the fire with the dog on your feet. I would suggest enjoying this with your mother, but a glass of this would turn mine a little bit silly. Mind you, it is a good alternative to mulled wine as it has many of the characters and the lovely spicy finish without the enduring smell of death coming from your slow cooker.
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