Lunkie (1969) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAR 21, 2017 Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, - DEC 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Phoenix has risen from a pyre than need not have been created in the first place. By this I mean the impetus to produce such a fine and unique beer should not have arisen from the devastation of the Victorian fires. So from adversity comes.............................
A fine beer of character that is really hard to describe. An Imperial Red? No, a beer with obviously high ABV that is balanced so welll with the hallmarks of a beer that simply makes you sigh with enjoyment. Over the years I have desisted more from thinking about the technical aspects of a beer to defer to my enjoyment of a special beer. This one smacks you early with the hop aroma and flavour, but leaves you with the longinh that a well crafted beer of this nature wants to deliver. Sippin and Smilin.
Cherry malt hop aroma. Murky red brown colour great head and lacing. Malt caramel herbal hop fruit flavour. Smooth lingering palate.
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On tap at Bitter Phew. Pours deep gold. Aroma is all sweet caramel and orchard fruit. Flavour is the same but all a bit too much. Caramel, apple, pear, orange, all thrown straight into your face. Little overbearing, but there’s a nice beer in here if I was in the mood. Dandm (125) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2017
Schooner at bitter phew. Earthy red with only a rim of head left. Stanky dog food smell but once overcome, a very rich sweet malty caramel taste, but mostly malt. It’s a very boozy malty beer. Nice on the palate, long lasting bubbly, hoppy finish. Muggus69 (2831) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2016
Vintage 2015 750mL WAX SEALED!!! bottle from Slowbeer No. 332/500
Deep copper body, creamy beige head is persistent.
Rich aroma - hops tend to dominate with spicy wood, pine, bitter orange & ripe melon notes, with dark caramel, toffee, biscuit & buttery malts amongst it.
Thick creamy body, long lingering palate, warming, slick on the back-palate, not shy to show is size.
Body is very (American) barley wine-like - stack of sweet burnt caramel, toasted nutty malt, vinous red fruits amongst pine & citrus hop. Earthy bitterness has a strong grip about it, lingering on a warm finish.
A formidable brew for sure - almost Wee Heavy with its dark rich maltiness - would make a tremendous prospect for the cellar. mrjez (754) - Osaka, JAPAN - MAR 17, 2016
From old notes. Third batch, on tap at the brewery pub, Mar 2015. A lovely strong red-amber, low head. Big aroma of pine, caramel, spices, breads malts. Taste is decent, malt-forward and earthy, a touch of booze, done residual sweetness, moderate hop lingering, floral bite. A medium somewhat chewy mouthfeel, nuttiness comes out, a lot of scotch ale or heavy ESB to it. Not perfectly finessed but does plenty of things and nails most of them.
ANZUShophunter (727) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2016
From 2014 bottle in tulip glass. Still had some nice hoppy aroma from the volatiles and retained a decent head. Citrus notes with a touch of smoked hickory. Finish reminds me of a good ESB. Very enjoyable. stoutnick (843) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 14, 2015
Rich red brown coloured pour. Subtle hop presence aroma. Taste is Syrupy sweet with a fruity hop whack. Very interesting. Big on palate. Has a real American english cross! But not super drinkable - bit too much of a solvent alcohol vibe here. Overall good but not great. Ngejo (1000) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - AUG 23, 2014
Tap. Black, frothy, tan foam, medium bitterness, light sweetness, medium body, oily feel, average carbonation, & bitter finish. M_Sack (808) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2017 Deep ruby brown with a thin cream head and heavy lacing. Beautiful aromas of burnt caramel, biscuit and nuts. Delicious aromas of cherry cola moving into bitter chocolate, biscuity malts and nuts. The alcohol just pokes its head out toward the end of the beer however it is has such a luscious mouthfeel and pleasantly dry finish that it doesn’t detract. The beer is so wonderfully balanced that the delicious aroma and flavours bought about by the huge malt bill don’t lead to any unpleasant sweetness. Brilliant beer. Thanks to one of my best mates who purchased it at the brewery to celebrate the pending arrival of my first born. hawthorne00 (4240) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2013
2012 bottle. Bronze with no head. Not far off still - wonder whether it’s properly carbonated despite the mountain of wax. Powerful aroma of dried fruit (raisins, plums, figs) , pine and spices. Some coffee and alcohol. Dried fruit, burnt sugars, strong pine and herbal bitter notes. Booze sticks out a bit - I would have guessed 12%+. Complex and quite intense flavours and really quite bitter. Getting towards taxing, but plenty going on and coherent enough to actually drink.