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. jbrus (4988) - 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. 1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2005
Bottle says "Best Ale", not "Strong Ale", but the brewer’s website doesn’t show it. The ABV matches. I suspect that this is a really old or a really new label. I don’t know where I got this beer. The aroma is dark fruits, raspberries, floral, toffee. The appearance is a hazy reddish brown with a thin circle of a tan head. The flavor doesn’t match the aroma at all. I get a roasted barley, caramel, nutty malts, earthy chocolate. The palate is smooth and is quite appealing. This is a strange but pretty good beer. ALLOVATE (3089) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2005
Tasted from the bottle, it is the first Squire Strong ale I have tried, and I am yet to find a Malt shovel beer that lives up to its product description. Poured a teak-copper colour, clear, with a short lather of off-white foam that lasted and left a little lace. Dry, earthy and gritty malt aroma from the bottle, lightly roasted grain, raisins and a light solvent-like note. Generous nose to begin with, but it seemed to lapse on the pour and lost it’s lustre quickly in the glass. A little too watery on the tongue, toasted malt and burnt sugars come through more in the dry swallow than in the mouth. Light bodied and soft in carbonation, it has a little alcohol warmth, a lightly bitter back and nothing really showing upfront. Became a little plastic as it warmed and was generally unbalanced towards husky malt tones than any floral or fruity balance. This one just didn’t work and to taste this alongside some of the other ’bigger’ Aussie brews, including its macro-counterpart Cooper’s Vintage, this one didn’t even compete. Lack of flavour and body spells bastard pasteurisation, and sadly for this one, it was just another disappointing brew from Malt Shovel. bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2005 Pouring this ale into a glass I thought the colour was great but didnt pick up any aromas fortunately they arrived later!Didnt pick up the alcohol content maybe that will hit me later, taste of chalky toffee and nice bitterness anyhow cheers! 2004 edition. Tan coloured head that didn’t last long. Reddy amber colour with a caramel and toffee malt taste. Smooth mouthfeel with some burnt characters. Can’t taste or notice the alcohol but it is definitely there! 2005 edition. Colour is still the same. Some fruit and pepper in the aroma . At first thought the taste was pretty ordinary and not as full as last years edition. Still it slipped down very smoothly and you couldn’t really notice the alcohol which could be a worry if you are having a session.
Muggus69 (2807) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2014
OLD NOTES JUL 7, 2004
Finally found it. Pours rusty amber colour with a little white head. The aroma is quite weak, mainly nutty malt flavours and a bit of alcohol present. Quite a roasted flavour; dark chocolate, nut, caramel, stone fruits and a fair bit of alcohol. A different beer at different temperatures really. Very different from the others in the James Squire range, much more of a sipper and one for the winter, but has the quality you expect from other beers in the range from MSB. harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2004
This is tasty! A very sweet toffee coffee taste. Rich and aromatic, creamy and toffee, with some woodsy smoked aromas and flavors. Some sweet chocholate roastedness in the finish. Bravo! Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2006
34,5 cl bottle. Amber colour with a weak head. Light aroma of caramel and also flavour of caramel, toffee and hints of hops. Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2003
Upon pouring the beer a crystalline burnished copper color with a majestic light tan head and creamy texture. As the head dissolves a fine sheet of lace forms and seals the glass nicely. Nose sweet malt, fresh and clean with a slight hint of caramel, quite pleasant to the olfactory and ocular senses, start is sweet malt, the top middling in feel. Finish has a mild carbonation with the hops persistent in their spicy bite, quite dry aftertaste that also hints of the high ABV, by leaving a slight but enjoyable alcohol bitterness on the palate, all in all a darn good beer. 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 doesn’t feel strong for a "Strong Ale". Maybe I’ve 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...