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Brewed by Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
Style: Barley Wine
Mirboo North. Vic., Australia
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Grandfather of Moonshine. This silky smooth scotch ale is believed to be the strongest bottled beer from Australia. Intense, yet beautifully smooth malt flavours will awaken the taste buds and delight the lovers of rich smooth dark ales and barley wines alike. Winner of 9 International medals including best of class trophy in 2003 and GOLD in 2004. 2005 brought dual gold, the premier’s trophy and best in class in the world. This has been followed by more medals in 2006-2010 again. Best enjoyed as the finale after tasting the full range of Grand Ridge pure beers. Excellent with rich plum puddings, mud cake and burnt caramel sauce. Please be careful when tasting the full range or drinking the stronger beers not to drive at all.

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3.8
jonno (3032) - JAPAN - SEP 24, 2009
A very good example of the style for an Australian Brewer. Very English, lots of thick, slightly vicous flavours, including toffee and caramel. Little hopping. Very enjoyable sipper. A steal @ $6 from Nectar.

3.9
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2009
Bottle. Pours deep copperwith a little beige head that quickly shrinks to a ring around the top. On the nose: toffee, raisins, biscuity malts and a little nit of alcohol. The flavour has a little bit of sweetness which is balanced by the roasty malts and a touch of hop bitterness. Quite appealing, nicely balanced and also one of the best barley wines from Australia that I have tried.

3.6
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2009
Bottle from Fox Hotel, Melbourne. Pours mahogany with a medium beige head that diminished. Rich toffee, caramel, roast, dark fruit, licorice and alcohol. Soft carbonation. A warm touch from the alcohol but hidden well and smooth and warm on the palate. Slightly rough overall but it’s held up nicely in the bottle. Unsure of when this was bottled.

3.4
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2009
Pours mahogany with a small, quickly dissapating head. Nose has masses of caramel with some treacle & mollasses as well as a touch of spice. Palate translates well, big malt backbone that has a good synergy. Finishes with low hop presence and mild abv heat (especially given its 11%) Probably prefer the moonshine to be honest.

3.6
gam (4155) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2009
Strong tan head with good carbonation in a rich ruby red pour aroma caramel vegemite soy molasses flavour vegemite soy caramel chocolate toffee a smooth bitter taste at eleven percent it is still easy to drink a fizzyness to the palate finish big malty flavours nice bitter tangy

3.9
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2008 Bottle (330ml). Poured thick, dark ruby with a small, dense, frothy, off-white head which quickly settled into a small collar of foam. A superb aroma with strong alcoholic porty/woody notes, burnt sugar, sticky toffee malts, caramelized fruits, plums and chocolate notes pushing though. Flavor was of sticky toffee malts with oaky/vanilla notes, caramelized dates, dried mixed fruits, hints of maple syrup, light notes of chocolate and a warming, whisky-like finish. Alcohol content was quite well hidden for 11% and was not as noticeable as expected. Medium to full bodied with still carbonation, a syrupy texture and a great finish. I had been waiting to try this brew for quite some time and I was not disappointed, I would imagine it would cellar quite well - I may get my hands on a case or two for that very reason.

3.4
UnholyBrewing (596) - Central Florida(Upper Hell), Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2008
...bottle at microbrew showcase. Well, this is a hardcore beer, and you know it after you finish one. Still relatively smooth, even though it’s at 11%. Similar to a barleywine, in an Aussie way. Roasted flavors, balanced with dark fruits, then the slight alcoholic finish. I need to try this again, it is expensive though.

3.3
ChrisTurner (209) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29, 2008
Deep reddy brown with little head that quickly settles down to a ring around the glass. Rich fruit aroma with alcoholic edge. Creamy palate. Flavour has more rich fruit with a roasted edge, underscored by the alcohol warmth.

3.1
madquacker (1176) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - APR 26, 2008
Murky brown with minimal head. Nice raisins and prunes on the palate with the 11% ABV quite disguised. Hits you though. The best Grand Ridge I’ve had to date.

4.1
oberabcbbsok (692) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2007
I bought a bottle in 1999 in Canberra, brought it overseas and tasted it in 2000. A great beer for a country where 5% of alcohol is strong but it was worth the buy and i still have the empty bottle. I remember it as the best beer of Australia


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