James Squire Australian Strong Ale

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


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RATINGS: 79   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2005
Hint of herbs and hint of butter in the aroma. Brown color, beige head, good lace. Sweet, nutty, light roasted, quite hoppy, herbal and bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
grant60 (185) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 7, 2004
a deep red colour and tan head, slightly burnt toffee flavour, sweet and fruity and obviously warms you up nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Clear, dark garnet color, with an average-sized, spotty, cream-colored head. Aroma: Heavy on fruit (grape, berry, raisin), sweet, but otherwise calm and airy. Big hop arrival here, that lingers and sizzles through the finish. Mellow otherwise, but fruity flavor is full and continual. Body is medium, taste resounds, though, and makes every sip a treat. Bright cherryish sensation dominates the flavor, and alcohol doesnt feel strong for a "Strong Ale". Maybe Ive been conditioned by over-the-top American versions, that hit you with the booze unrelentingly...but this is a nice, little tasty treat, a fine replacement for the brandy in the snifter while leaning back and contemplating on the mysteries of life...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 17, 2004
Not quite sure about this one. Poured to a deep ruby-brownish color with a diminishing white head. The toffee- malt flavors are definitely there, but come in strong and early. Then the hops come in, again a bit heavy-handed, finally leaving behind a slight alcohol warmth. I too was a bit disappointed with this one. The malt-hop flavor balance seemed a bit clumsy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
IJT (40) - Carterton, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2004
Bottle (2004): Having greatly enjoyed last years offering of this beer, and hearing that this years was even better, I was seriously looking forward to tasting this brew. Yet things seem to have gone a wee bit amiss, upon opening and pouring the beer was a deep amber colour and had a nice, smallish, white head, yet that is about the best of it, although the colour didnt change (I dont think that can really happen), and the head was able to linger the whole time, although there was absolutely no lace what so ever (not that its needed, it just looks nice). The overall sensations were a bit hoppy, a bit tart, a little sulphury, and somewhat like beer. Alas that was it, although it was good enough to happily drink, it wasnt anymore than that, it was just ok. Basically very disappointing, maybe I missed something, I dont know.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2004
clear copper, off white head. huge malty aroma with dried cherries and raisins, toffee, mil chocolate and roast. flavour starts sweet with notes of buckwheat honey. toffee-ish malt flavour with roasty bitterness. nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stew41 (2005) - Phuket, THAILAND - SEP 12, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2005 Nice dark amber, tan in the glass. Pous a small, fizzy head with caramel notes. Malt depth is evident on the nose although a bit tame when compared to its English cousins. Palate was quite ordinary on opening but settled nicely as the beer warmed up. Ok malts and some bitterness at the back but doesnt really get going. Not bad for an Oz effort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vanvenlo (1855) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2004
7 May 2004 - Sampled 2004AIBA - Bread fruit aroma, clear dark brown, soap suds lacing. Sweet spiritous and long hoppy flavour, nice body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2004
Bottled - - Pours a dark amber with a poor lasting head, quite a fruity aroma. Fruit and caramel taste, with a mild alcoholic aftertaste and a nice hoppy bitterenss. A very nice beer, not quite a Coopers vintage, but well worth the $52 a slab I paid. One of the best Australian beers, would go nicely with a Sunday roast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1116) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2004
Pours amber with a medium sized tan head. Big malty caramel nose with notes of chocolate and dried fruit. Lightly sweet with ample bitter balance. Earthy and toasted. Toffee and burnt sugar. Just a touch of coffee. Bitter bold finish with alcohol. Quite nice.

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