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 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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
maestro (36) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2003
Wow, this is fabulous. Reminiscent of Leffe Radieuse. This is quite a mild beer by comparison with the big beers of Europe but a great taste and delicious toffee tones make this a joy. The aroma is the only place that beer is let down. Maybe a quality of the filtering or pasteurisation but there is a lack of richness in the aroma and no amount of warming or rousing will fix this. Still, the taste is tops and the colour is a wonderfull deep red. What a great beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ozymanposs (18) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 29, 2005
A solid effort. Only perhaps marred by a little more preservative than I would like leaving something of a dry mouth the next mrnng even after nly 2 beers. A openng drop rather than a seesion beer then, but a very good opening drop

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PEAK (14) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2003
This is a good ale and best of the squire collection. Good bitterness. Maybe slightly thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SBgoodDave (13) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2003
I've finished my first case and will get soem more. A great drop by Australian standards, but not a classic on the global scale. Slightly thin in body for an English strong. Nicely bitter, but tending to sharpish. Tends to drink better when it arrives at cellar temperature - leave it out of the fridge for a while before you open it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
TheDiceMan (5) - Gold Coast, AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2006 does not count
A deep rich amber color that looks and smells bloody brilliant in a sweet honey-malty kind of way, nice head too. Smells very fruity, and has a slight toffee kind of taste to it. I dont know if this would be considered an aggresive taste, but it kind of hits you hard. Though perhaps that is from teh high alcohol content (6.8%). Prefered the Porter from these guys, but Id buy again when Im in the mood for a drink that really registers.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bathbeer (1) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 9, 2004 does not count
Pours a deep copper, dense white head with a touch of burnt toffy on the nose. Caramal flavour from the crystal, no hops, strongly malt dominated, sweet almost cloying but rich and complex with lovely mouth feel. Finish is clean with a hint of alcohol waming and slightly spicy. would go great with a sticky date pudding.

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