maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours a dirty dark brown with a thick beige cap. Nose is full of dark fruits, caramelised brown sugar, juicy plum and sweet biscuit. Almost shortbread like in taste with plenty of christmas cake fruits and juiciness to it. Very brown sugar forward. Spritzy carbonation could be dulled down a little. Solid stuff mkel07 (6574) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 2, 2014
500ml bottle from Stewarts Wine Co. Bought this a while ago and have been saving for my birthday beer. Well worth the wait. Davros (3362) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2014
Pours copper with a large fading head.
Nose shows prunes, milk chocolate, soft coffee notes, dried fruit, and more chocolate. Pretty amazing-smelling.
More coffee and cocoa as flavours along with hot booze, almost cognac-like, and some golden syrup..
Carbonation is insanely high. Danev76 (505) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2014
Nice malt aroma mixed with glazed fruits. Cloudy golden amber colour with big rocky head. Similar flavours to aromas, nice warm flavours. Med to heavy body with med carbonation
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Cantabrian (1170) - Christchurch NZ, now Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2013
Nice dark copper appearance (with bits of gunk floating around) would get more points if it wasn’t for the excess of foam that tried to flood my kitchen. Nice strong ale, with a great balance between that sweet touch of decaying fruits, the orange bitterness and the high alcohol. I wouldn’t have recognised the accent, not even whether it was continental. It might as well have been a nice strong English ale.
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 5, 2013
Dark bronze in colour with huge white head. Big yeasty bread aroma. Spicy tongue, Very pleasant. Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 9, 2013
Silly me. I have had each of the preceding JP’s but never reviewed them. In fact, this seems to be the case with a number of Emerson’s beers, which I can assure you is not a commentary of my approach to this brewery. The beer is consistently good and I have confidence that despite the recent buyout by Lion, the quality will still remain at the extremely high standard prior to sale. Richard Emerson is not silly enough to compromise on his own good name. Anyway, this beer:
Hazy russet amber colour with a lively cream coloured head. It was actually bordering on volcanic when it came out of the bottle. The aroma is of old orange peel, rich, earthy caramel and candi-sugar, basement and almost musty over-ripe lemon. This is not a fault, actually you’d have difficulty believing that this wasn’t brewed in Belgium. It is lively and orange-like in the mouth with full prickly carbonation. There is a definite twinge of bitterness that prolongs the ripe Belgian ale flavours. In fact, the authenticity of this beer goes as far as having the small dark greebly bits that have seen in the heads and at the base of the glass in other Belgian-style ales. It isn’t my favourite style, but it is a style I enjoy and will spend time on. A good nudge and I find it remarkable that this brewer enjoys constant success in a massive variety of styles. Well done. floydian1 (1525) - FNQ, Australia, - MAR 9, 2013
A classy offering from Emersons. Hazy dark orange-brown appearance with huge dense white head that leaves a "Brussels lace". Nose of caramel, cherries, raisins, candy sugar, soft peppers and alcohol. Taste is restrained sweetness with a spicy hop finish that lingers. Alcohol in there as well. Medium-full bodied with a thickish tingly mouthfeel. Rather reminded me of a Kwak. Sampled from a 500ml bottle in Dunedin NZ. gam (4155) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2013
Large frothy cream head strong carbonation browny red pour aromas grapes dried fruit yeast sugar alcohol candy the flavours strong bitter yeast touch but dies down sugar grape white wine and sultana and raisin medium bitter a dryness sweet maltiness like toffee the finish lingering tastes of fruit grape alcohol and bitter DRummery (5) - Whangarei, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 20, 2013 does not count
massive frothy head when poured, nice aroma, kinda seemed over-carbonated with every mouthful turning to fizz, other than that nice enough.