Stew41 (2081) - Phuket, THAILAND - DEC 16, 2009
Ok, so I probably got the style wrong. Very much a bitter of steriods with bucket loads of flavour. Beautifully handled malts and hop character, the latter imparting a much bigger impact than what I would typically expect of the genre. Just the faintest touch of fruitcake sweetness is nice and fills the palate out. Fruit character builds right through the palate. Best local beer I’ve had for a while. davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Bottle 500ml. Delicious beer. Aromas of chocolate, burnt caramel, and spice. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and good length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Brown colour, with a thin frothy head. Dredd (972) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2011
Nice zesty aroma with cloudy brown body and tan head. Flavour is a good bit of apricot, stonefruit breadiness that finishes with some good bitterness and lingering sweetness.
Great stuff. mattyhennessy (377) - Highton, AUSTRALIA - MAR 21, 2015
Pours a hazy copper amber. Tan beige head. Malt driven aromas of dark stone fruit, caramel and a strangely present citrus. Taste reflects this, with a fruit cake rum flavour, sweet malts and just a tad of fruity hop bitterness. Excellent bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2010
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with a reddish tinge around the sides. Small creamy tan coloured head. Not much in the way of lacing. Aromas are nutty and quite earthy. Flavours of tosted nuts, some malt sweetness. Reasonably bitter finish, Mouthfeel is just about right, Great beer.
mkel07 (6362) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2011
500ml bottle. Dark copper fruit cake colour witha nice layer of tan foam that fills the nose. Light in the mouth with a spiced fruit flavour that is smooth and velvety with a long lasting finish. Davros (3282) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 15, 2010
Pours copper/ruby with a very small but lasting head.
Nose is very heavy on the malt, with caramel, golden syrup and figs to be found. Very rich. Nutty and bready notes follow later. Resinous hops are noticeable but struggle to keep up with the malt. Very nice!
Flavours are similarly rich with loads of nutty notes, darker malt (even some prominent roasted barley) and some of the caramel mentioned earlier. Hops really take a back seat here. Finishes with an assertive roasty and hoppy bitterness. Some alcohol is just noticeable.
The body could be a bit richer, with such complex flavours it sometimes becomes watery.
Seems to be a mish-mash of the ESB and English strong ale stryles, with a healthy dose of roasted barley chucked in for good measure. gam (4073) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2010
Head medium size colour of ale is misty copper aroma caramel chocolate vanilla smooth malt flavour bitter mild rich start nutty caramel chocolate hoppy fruit taste great on the taste buds finish malty strong to the palate lasting anice bitter vinhol (346) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2014
On tap at public brewery Croydon stone fruit aroma dark amber in colour tan head taste us well balanced malty with hops BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark amber with a short beige head that doesn’t last long. Nose is slightly sweet and fruity with notes of cherries, toffee, berries and boiled sweets. Flavour is similar but has a stronger malt presence. Smooth oily mouthfeel with minimal carbonation and a medium to short finish that starts sweet becoming bitter. I think the style is probably right, this does seem more like an ESA than a bitter, but its very nice nonetheless.