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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mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2005 A great looking beer, beautiful red colour with good head and strong lacing on glass. Aroma is very alcoholic with sweet caramel malt, flavour is more of the same. It has a lot of toffee sweetness but is not very malty (if that is possible). Has a reasonable bitterness which is good for a chronically under-bittered style. Overall another disappointing beer from Malt Shovel. Also - this beer is obviously NOT the product of a "wild" fermentation as claimed on the label!
RR: 2005 version. Whoa, has this one gone downhill! Massive vegetably aroma, barely any malt character to speak of and a rusty bitterness. Seems to have lost a bit of colour too. The way it’s going this should be re-classified into the Euro Strong Lager section. Makes me think they’re brewing this at Tooheys now too. Prev. rating 3.0.

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.

Choos (754) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2004
Aroma is toasty with stone fruit but very little alcohol. My bottle poured black into the tulip glass with a small beige head but shows reflections of red when the torch shines into it. Roasted malt flavours give way to light fruity flavours along with some malty mocha. This has a noticeable hop bitter aftertaste similar to cascade bittered ales. Decent mouthfeel and fairly well carbonated.

Linc (740) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 30, 2003
This had me bored out of my arse! Aroma: alcohol. Flavour: old wet malt and toffee spit. Palate is quite okay after you get past the alcohol. Colour is a nice deep amber and has a solid well formed head with strong lacing, but heck you don't drink a beer for it's looks, do you? More work needed guys!

jdpeebs (698) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2012
Bootle- I’m just updating my beer tasting records- a very nice beer. a good version of english strong ale.

bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2006 Did I get a dud bottle or something? Poured a glorious dark brown toffee colour, with a very minimal and thus short lasting beige head. Not a very strong aroma, but I got hints of dried fruits. Flavour was exceptionally bitter, but not pleasantly so. Seemed to be a bit salty, too, so there wasn’t really much balance. Very thin bodied, in fact it was very bland altogether. Sad to say, but I’m very disappointed by this James Squire product. Bottle - best before 16 March 2006. 5 4 4 2 8 2.3 Re-rate: Much better this time around. Some sweet toffee and alcohol soaked raisins in the aroma. Medium bodied, but not a lot of depth and not that lasting. Pretty good, considering the value as a locally manufactured drop.

Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Burnt red in color with a thick beige head and nice lacing. Very pleasent caramel nose. Opens sweet and malty evolving to a spicy and fruity hop finish and a dry alcohol aftertaste.

winkle (478) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 31, 2003
I was slightly disappointed by this, it looks great tastes pretty good but lacks aroma and a complex character. Not bad just could be a lot better.

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 year’s. 7/4/7/4/13=3.5

Betty (236) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2003
I like this one quite a lot. It's a shame it's all over now (according to my buddy at Camperdown cellars). The malt is way fresh and a little burnt with milo and crumbled coffee beans. The strength is perfect cause you can swig it walking along King street with your buds. I'll miss you (you too King St).

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