Brewed by Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
Style: Scotch Ale
Mirboo North. Vic., Australia
Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Extra strong pure malt beer in the style of scotch ale or barley wine. Brewed from a wort having an original gravity of 1080. A true connoisseurs beer, best sipped after dinner not too cold. Expect deep, warm and rich malt flavours. The winner of highest scoring dark ale at the Australian and International Beer Awards 2001 and also a previous winner of Australias best Dark Ale at The National Festival of Beers. Winner of the Premiers trophy for best Victorian beer in 2002 and also Worlds Best Specialty Beer at the 2002 Australian and International beer awards along with years of International medals. Enjoy with a lover and chocolates of the highest calibre. Gold medalist 2004. Dual Silver medalist 2005 and more in 2006-2011 with 2 medals in 2011 for both bottled and draught products. Think sticky date pudding, mud cake, oysters or reduce and pour over rich vanilla ice cream.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shaunfield (68) - adamstown, - SEP 27, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2013 Not a bad tasting beer. Pretty nice flavour and nice taste that is left in your mouth afterwards. I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skarecrow (548) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 28, 2017
330ml bottle from Dan Murphys, Glen Waverley, Melbourne. Dark chestnut brown with OK head. Sweet malty aroma with wine/sherry barrel and Christmas cake/pudding notes. Sweet, slightly cloying palate with smooth alcoholic finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (2928) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2017
Cask Half Pint at White Horse, Parsons Green, London in Oct 2010 - Dark Reddish Brown in colour. Malty; sweet toasty malts, caramel, candy sugar. Fruity; dark dried fruits, raisins. Very sweet fruity malty throughout. Tasty. Very Drinkable. Nice beer! (2010-10)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Patersoi (163) - AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2016
Malty aroma in a traditional scotch ale style. Pours copper brown with a dense honeycomb head. Malt up front with lovely christmas pudding and dried dates. Super soft mouth feel. Warmth from the alcohol warms the cockles during the long sweet malty finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bergstaden (2752) - Rros, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2016
Thank you allovate for the bottle - Dark amber with an off white head - Good caramle malt aroma - Good dark malt body with sweetness and some dark fruits and there is some nice hints of alcohol in the back - The dark malt and fruts goes into the finish that lasts - This was good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (14571) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2015
KRS 101015. shared by Bergstaden. Red dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, malt, hop, caramel. Flavour is alcohol , malt, hop, caramel, bread, dried fruits, raisin. Full body. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16820) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2015
Bottle, shared by bergstaden. Brown in color, unclear and with a small, dense, dark beige head. Its lightly oxidized, with some alcohol and quite a lot of toffee and caramel sauce. Some dark dried fruits too. Its full-bodied and lightly warming on the palate, with a low and pleasant carbonation level. Some pleasant bitterness too. Lasting finish. A bit heavy on the bitterness, but sure a fine and tasteful one. 151010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Geokkjer (7539) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2015
Bottle. Pours brown with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel, some dried fruits, bread , figs and malt. Flavor is sweet and malty with some caramel, raisins, bread and warming alcohol. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (11229) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2015
Bottle 330ml @ Geokkjer
[Courtesy of bergstaden] Pours dark reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, cocoa, alcohol, dried fruits and chocolate. Taste is heavy sweet and light bitter with a long warm, sweet, malty, dried fruity, caramel and chocolate finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theodopilos (68) - - JUL 26, 2015
Ive walked past this beer for years on the dan murphys shelves, so I thought Ill buy one and give it a go. Poured the beer into a snifter glass, roasted aromas of coffee, chestnuts and chocolate, flavours to match, perfect beer on a mild Brisbane winter evening

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavidAust (258) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2015
Oh yeah! Great beer if you like malt and sweetness. Great example of this kind of ale - in fact best of style I have had the privilege to try. Will be purchasing again. But only in Winter :-)

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