heyheyguesswho (27) - - APR 14, 2015
As much as I dislike the regular Crowny, this Ambassador (2012) is excellent for a Doppelbock. I had the 2012 vintage with Galaxy hops and a 10.2% ABV. As far as Doppelbocks go, this is my favourite. I don't usually like the style overly with my next favourite being the X33, but this is certainly drinkable. Nice caramel malty flavour, nicely buttered with slight citrus and raisin tones. Maybe a little sweet for me. Gabor (1) - - FEB 14, 2015 does not count
omega (899) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 26, 2014
I have a couple bottles to sell if anyone is interested please email - [email protected]
2009 vintage. I have had this beer a few times and it has always shown well. While not a blockbuster it is a well balanced beer that while having a bit of sweetness, reminds me more of a good belgian ale than a "reserve lager" Maris (1587) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 7, 2014
From a 750ml bottle on 7/1/2014 (2012 edition, bottle no. 3164 of 7000). Pours a cloudy dark orange with a slight head. Has a surprisingly modest aroma with hints of sweet malt, caramel, fruit and a touch of yeast. Flavour wise, this is a very sweet one, and dominated by fruit, particularly pineapple, strawberry, orange and cherry, against a background of light caramel and toffee malt. It exhibits a slight tart bitterness at the back, which includes just a touch of warming alcohol. The palate is slick and the carbonation is low to medium. This is a curious drop on a number of levels. Style wise, it comes across as a light barley wine. It strikes me as a dessert beer but lacks a bit of balancing bitterness to make it a real winner. That said, it is an interesting beer, beautifully packaged, and a rarity for a CUB product in that it’s actually a decent (if ridiculously expensive) brew. I probably won’t be rushing back to have another any time soon, but am glad to have given it a try. Bygers (1184) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle 0,75l. limited edition. Bottle number 6.780 of 10.000 brewed. Poures a hazy light brown caramel colour with a white head that diminish to a ring around the top. The aroma is a heady yeast, spice and slight citrus orange aroma. The flavour is slight citrus, caramel and breadiness, mid palate some spice comes through in to a pleasent bittering finish which is very long and as it diminishes some of the malt comes back.
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AshtonMcCobb (6916) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 31, 2013
75cl bottle thanks to Danny. Pours a beautiful deep red/amber. There is a fair bit of yeast suspended. The nose has a beautiful toffee and biscuits. The taste has loads of treacle and nuts, I guess praline. The palate is rich and full with a lovely elegant and restrained finish. A lovely beer, probably the best beer I’ve had from Australia. fletchfighters (1579) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2012
2009 Vintage 5991/6000
paid $60 for it at Jim’s Cellars in Crows Nest
Wax top, poured into a Mikkeller tulip
A-- Poured a dark brownish orange color, one finger light brown head that quickly went to film. Decent enough head retention on swirling. Pretty much stayed at a light brown film through drinking and a half finger of lace with this.
S-- Orange, Pineapple, Strawberry jam, plumb, Carmel and toffee. Better nose after swirling but is a bit soft. Just a slight bit of alcohol in the nose.
T-- Hops have dropped off. Strawberry, plumb, orange, Carmel, raisin bread. Sweet and sticky in the front but it drops off fast. Not a huge taste, a little thin in spots but not bad at all.
M-- Slightly sweet and sticky in the mouth. A little thin in spots but it is pretty decent. Low carbonation and medium feel. Well hidden alcohol.
O-- This is a barleywine, maybe an Old Ale. Not a Euro Pale Lager. It is a bit thin in spots but this quite workable. For the money far better than the Holgate beer at the same price. Will it last for 10 years? Probably not as think this is at peak right now. Totally mislabelled by Fosters but I can understand that as I doubt Fosters would be able to sell 6k bottles with barleywine on the label. Worth the tick and the case alone.
jdpeebs (698) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2012
Had this at tasting at Vintage Cellars Stanmore. A good beer. I don’t think it"s worth $90 a bottle, but a well made beer. Dervock (1445) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2011
2009 release 10.2%- been holding on to this one for a couple of years so the anticipation was big. pours dark cooper with a small slightly of white head. great aroma, sweet, fruity - cherries and also a bit floral and to top it off a bit of caramel. The mouth feel is smoooooth, really nice. Dry up front with. Stone fruit initially then moving onto a hint of pineapple and a sweet lingering finish. The finish lasts for a long time. This was definitely worth the wait, but the price? anders37 (27062) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2011
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy caramel and bready aroma. Sweetish fruity malty bready flavor. Has a sweetish malty ffruity bready caramel finish.