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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2004
Copper body thick tan head, Fruity nose with a hint of wet dog. Shame this is only available for short periods each year. Great with sunday roast. The wet dog hops can be quite noticeable depending on what else has been eaten / drank.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madquacker (1133) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2004
Copper/ ruby colour but little aroma. A disappointing palate though. Not much going on other than a robust sense of alcohol. A ok to good beer none the less. Think it will need food next time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2004
Dark red with brown tones and beige head. Fruity toasted aroma with alcoholic tones. Sweet and fruity flavor with buttery tones. Firm bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2005 Bottle: 2004 bottle Poured a rusty ruby-red with hardly any head that dissapeared in literally about 10 seconds. Aroma of dark nutty malts with a string alcohol presence. Candied sugar, licqourice, and sweet bready yeast notes underneath. Flavour was initially wet cardbaord with alcohol, but eventually developed some faint grappa cherry notes and malt undertones. The palate was very dissapointing; tannins all over the place, a bit sour, astringent, and only medium bodied, yet with good bitterness. Good, but dissapointing. 7/2/6/2/13=3
Re-rate: 2005 bottle - Much, much better this time. Tawny orange. Peppery alcohol, toasty malts, fruity yeast notes, and minty hop aromas. Loads of toasty, toffee-like flavours with rich herbal hops. Warming and really quite pleasant. Much better than last years. 7/4/7/4/13=3.5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2004
My bottled says Best Ale, but it appears to be the same beer: Copper hue with foamy off-white head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of caramel and toffee malts, touch of mocha, very floral and herbal hops, candycorn, and prune. The taste starts fruity and lightly sweet caramel notes. Additional undertones of hazelnut and wheat. The finish displays a smooth bitterness and some woody notes. The mouthfeel is full, twangy, and sharp. The moderate level of alcohol is very well hidden. A very quaffable brew, the best I have had so far from down under.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (24616) - Tyres, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2004 Bottled, thanks duff! Dark ruby, rich dense head. Aroma of chocolate and "punsch" (sweet arrack liquor) Sweet and soft. the alcohol is present, along with the fruitiness and a lot of toffee/chocolate. Solidly malty and flavourful. Interesting and unusual, but perhaps not very complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (6093) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Copper color with a tall wispy light tan head tha diminishes and leave small glass bubbles for lace. Toasted rye bread with a hint of grass. Quite smooth in feel, but yet sticky. Lots of sweet malt throughout this concoction. Hints of toasted coconuts and almonds. Has a rather harsh linger though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trogdor (197) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2004
dark chocolate and dark stonefruit aromas dominant. dark, deep ruby colouration with rocky head. dark chocolate and dark stonefruit flavours with hints of bitter floral hop. a little watery, lightly roasted bitterness. not a bad beer, dark plums and chocolate are dominant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2004
very good looking beer, dark russet colour with a fair, though short lasting head. Aroma is of toasty malt with a little caramelized sugar. moving towards a grainy nuttiness and burnt malt, very drying chocolate and burnt toast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2004
Thanks to Gusler for sharing on a brew I've never seen nor heard of, but has expanded my horizons and warmed a sub-zero evening. Pours amber with a big bubbly head. Aroma is sweet, slightly tart with hints of grain beneath the surface. Bready notes as well as some candy sugar can also be detected. Flavor is rock candy, sweet malt with just enough balance that you can't point to the hops right off the bat but the sweetness isn't cloying at all, It's definitely not slutty. Some estery hops come through as this one goes down. Mouthfeel is nice and coating. Overall, very tasty, sweet beer, I imagine this would be great to cap off a session.

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