James Squire Australian Strong Ale

Formerly brewed at Malt Shovel Brewery (Lion Co.)
Style: English Strong Ale
Sydney, Australia


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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
James Squire Australian Strong Ale is a no-expense-spared beer, brewed to the glowing russet colour of autumn leaves. Crystal wheat and several malted barleys produce deep toasted flavours with a rich toffee edge. Lifted floral hop notes of rare Australian hops complement the profoundly malty, biscuity flavours and the apricot/fig esters created by wild ale fermentation.

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ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2006
Deep orange beer with a small off white head. Malty aroma with a dried dark fruit note and hints of alcohol. Malty, caramel sweet flavor with a light toffee note and hints of alcohol. Medium body with a sweet light alcohol note.

joergen (28982) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2006
Bottle. Cloudy amber coloured with an off white head. Sweet aroma of malts and caramel. Sweet flavour of malts, caramel and hops.

Papsoe (25059) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2006
(Bottle 33 cl) Pours a clear, warm amber with an off-white head. Very fruity nose. Very full body with some caramel and the alcohol shining through a bit too clearly. Sweetish with a lightly hoppy finish. 150306

Emil (6064) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2006
Bottle. Orange colour with a off-white head. Caramel malty aroma and a sweet caramel malty, rye bread taste. Medium body with a light sweet finish.

fiulijn (21022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 15, 2006
Cloudy amber color. For me, it’s a poor brew, just boosted by the alcohol, but below average (alcohol, caramel…).

StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Milwaukee White Elephant.
Opulent and transparent bronze in color with an icy white head and some sporadic lacing. Aroma discourages, drawing out wet dog, steel, hazelnut extract, and mince meat pie with backing soda substituting for sugar. Semi-flavorful force is highlighted by chestnuts and almonds. Nutty potpourri and a touch of caramel over cherries. Some Christmas blend pipe tobacco as well. Medium-to-fuller bodied, a touch fizzy, but generally bodes well upon the palate. Malt shovel takes its namesake seriously, and that’s a good thing, for the sake of balance. Finish is much the same, with hazelnuts, cherry cordials and caramel chews along with an underlying trait that reminisces of sodden autumn leaves.

Bokeroo (16) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 25, 2005
I still have quite a few bottles left of the first batch of the James Squire Strong Ale. The beer is only now hitting its straps (after 2 or 3 years). Due to its age a different beer from the ratings below. Malty aroma with strong coffee overtones.

Austbloke (10) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2005
Darkish copper coloured beer that has the typical good head retention of all James squire beers. Good tasting beer with a molassesy honey type smell that has a srongish bitter after taste. Not my favorite James Squire Beer but still a notable drop.

haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Purchased at a wine cellar outside of Katoomba, Sydney, NSW. Pours a deep, clear, mahagony with a quick lacing head. Malty aroma. Some sort of grassy presence. Not a strong taste at all!! Somewhat watered down. Definitely does not pass for a strong ale.

DrunkenCumquat (86) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2005
Bottled. Dark orange colour, decent head that holds its own, though could have lasted a bit longer. Nice sweet caramel notes to begin with, then quite bitter and hoppy but all too quickly taken over by the taste of the high alcohol content, which is far too apparent. Overally good, but a bit rougher around the edges than the other Squire offerings.

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