IJT (40) - Carterton, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2004
An average bottle conditioned ale really.
Looks good, has a nice head, rusty amber body, and lots of lace.
Taste is rustic, a bit hoppy in the finish.
The sort of beer that you can easily drink with out ever having to think about, and you sort of forget if there was a taste or not when you did have it, very Australian I guess.
Stew41 (2025) - Phuket, THAILAND - NOV 6, 2004
Nice chocolate tan in the glass, looks great. small fizzy head doesn’t hand around long. Much darker than what is typical for the style and from some recent TN’s as well. Lifted nose, yeasty / fruity notes - not bad. More fruitness in the palate although some darker, roasted, slighly burnt notes appear. Good malt level but not overly hoppy. Mouthfeel is quite good, with an appropriate level of zing. Not a bad beer at all. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Appearance: dusky, clottled orange/ dull bown (not exactly gold!), with a small head.
Aroma: unique and yeasty, ery inviting, lively mixture, though slightly sour.
Taste; oddly metallic and tinny, hops are lacking any presence, an ephemeral fruitiness emerges, but does not evolve into much beyond the initial gestation.
This one’s a puzzle, for it’s not gold in color, nor particularly bright in flavor.
Mouthfeel is nice and full, malt is sufficient, and the fruity flavor eventually prevails, primarily orange. Doesn’t get up and do anything, though.
An interesting ale, that I’ll grant, but I never felt much towards it. Huh.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2004
Bottle: Poured a hazy dark amber with a yellowy off-white small head that faded quickly. Complex aroma of smokey toffee (mapple syrup), stewed plums, raisins, it smells sticky sweet. Not much hop detectable, and some dark bread notes in the background. It’s almost too much. Smooth flavour that is more restrained than the nose suggests. Some background forresty hop flavours support subdued raisins, black bread, and stewed rhubarb and apples. Hop bitterness is low but complex. Very smooth and creamy in the mouth. Really a very good beer. Lunkie (1934) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2004
Malty aroma. Dark gold colour with no head. Spicy malt long flavour. Flat palate.
farmboy (218) - Barwon Heads, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2004
Not bad at all. I chilled my bottle perhaps a little too much, which took away some of the flavour but I’d have this again no probs. Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 3, 2004
Bottled, at the Australian Hotel, Sydney. Trogdor (197) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2004
Murky, golden brown coloured body with a generous beige head. Unexpectedly hoppy aroma. Drinks well and is bottled conditioned with loads of sediment. Nice beer had with Sully as we warmed up for the Sydney gathering, held later that night at Paddy’s Brew Pub.
lightly estery with sweet honey on the nose.
amber with a small head.
honied malt and sweet/floral hops.
not a bad sessional. AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2004
UPDATED: APR 23, 2004 Light amber with fluffy light head. Caramel, dark honey and toast on the nose. The malt was almost cloying, with the floral hops drying the palate just in time to save it, good beer Spanner (60) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2004
A quality Australian ale which succeeds admiribly. Full-flavoured without being to heavy. Man.