mkel07 (6549) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 17, 2010
330ml bottle. Dull orange colour with a consistent beige head. There is a robustness to it when you look at it and it is bursting with hop aromas that are flowery and inviting. As robust in the mouth as it is in the glass with a velvety mouthfeel and a lingering finish. Definitely a beast all right and a great label as well. TimE (6275) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 25, 2009
In general the cyrstal malts are overpowering in this beer, but it has a nice balance with some caramel and tropical fruit notes. Full bodied. Not a hop bomb by any strech, but enjoyable, but lacked the complexity I was hoping for. Still full marks for a well made beer. Bragesnak (5393) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2008
Malty caramel but dominated by hops
Floral and aroma is hopped - odd but OK emacgee (4712) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2008
Pours a murky still amber with a thin yellow head. The nose is earthy malt, little to no hop profile coming through, some leafy hop character. The flavor is malty, earthy English malt flavor, light bitterness, some mild hop character. The palate is dry with a mild waxy bitterness. hawthorne00 (4199) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 28, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2011 Copper, modest off-white head. Fruity hops and resiny aroma. Some citrus too, and gooseberry. Deep toffee flavour with complex hops. Bitter, chewy finish. Plenty going on. The name suggested something less classy. Good.
gam (4142) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2008
6/8/10 Same score - liked the aroma more but the beer a little less overall. A little louder than I remembered, but the malt complexity under the insistent bitterness is impressive.
Bottle. Kept a year. Clear amber, an inch of beige head. Lychees and sherry notes emerge along with some dark berries and butterscotch. More than holding up.
Good head and carbonation in a misty copper coloured ale with aroma caramel,fruit, malt and nutty.Flavour citric malty,bitter(okay) stays around nicely,caramel,hops really are good.It is bitter but settles well with the malt strength to leave a nice taste on the the palate at the finish,okay stuff. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2008
Bottle shared by durhambeer - thanks, Bob! Dark amber, nearly cloudy pour, with a thick creamy head that appeals. Very sweet, vaguely floral nose, but one that dissipates too quickly. There’s a slightly chewy, grainy quality to the taste that seems to cut against the attributes in the aroma. Some diacetyl in there too. A bit of a bite, waxy finish. Not quite so much body for such a malty beer. maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2011 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours a hazy copper with a small off white head. Pine and citrus on the nose with a good caramel malt backing. Flavour is made up of hop resin and sweet malts. Caramel, toffee and more hop resin in there. Pretty good and one of the better aussie brews Davros (3345) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 19, 2009
Hazy ruby red with lots of fine carbonation. Very thick off-white, persistant, one-inch head. Absolutely stunning. Some lacing.
Aroma is lemon, orange, slight toasty malt, tad grassy, definate fruity esters. Lots of toffee malt apparent as the beer warms.
Fruity bitterness dominates, with toasty malt backing. Mmmm, full grain bread. Slight alcohol note can be percieved. Would have liked more malt, strong hops bitterness makes it slightly unbalanced.
Very smooth, rather high carbonation. Mild heat on palate from alcohol.
Very nice example of an english IPA. ALLOVATE (3089) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2006
Cheers to mullet for bringing this one across to the west. Tried at a small tasting night here in Perth a few months ago to welcome Kook back to our shores. Such a surprisingly good beer to be honest, like bluevegie said Jamieson haven’t yet supplied the right goods, well until now!!!. It poured a bright, finely carbonated honey-golden amber with a beautifully formed, tight, creamy off-white head that held and laced well. Big and thick the aroma was; sweet, gooey caramel, savoury licks of marmalade, dark honey, a little tickle of alcohol and layers of malt, the aroma was a complete dessert to the nostrils. This continued in the mouth. Good, firm toasted malt palate, bready but clean. Alcohol is present amongst some tangy, juicy oranges, lemon peel, and all manner of fruity esters. Sudden peak of bitter fruit on the swallow before a sticky sweet liqueur-like warming swallow that continues the palate. My notes make it sound like a sugary monster but it just worked in all the right ways showing a good flavour infusion and crafty balance. It’s not much the ideal session beer, but its a great conversation starter. One I’d like to try again. (33cL, no label, cheers mullet!)