Little Creatures Single Batch Day of the Long Shadow

Formerly brewed at Little Creatures Brewing (Lion Co.)
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Fremantle, Australia


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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
Winter conjures up all kinds of amazing imagery... hiding from the cold reality of the outdoors, nestled into a great big couch in front of the fireplace with a beer that warms you up from the inside out... With the winter solstice approaching, our flavour loving palates started drifting to the thought of winter warmers and the great tradition of European spiced ales. With the help of a local spice merchant we began the process of figuring out just how we could satisfy this craving... White pepper, ginger, all spice, pimento, cinnamon and more landed on our bench and our imaginations went wild trying to determine which of those would give us just the right balance of spice and what mix of hops and malt we would choose to bring it all together. In the end in was allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg that caught our fancy... With a mix of Belgian specialty malts, UK Sovereign and Challenger hops for gentle bitterness and a dash of dark muscovado sugar to deliver a warming molasses character, we have crafted an ale rich in flavour and complexity with plenty going on. In honour of the upcoming solstice we’ve called it "Day of the Long Shadow" and suggest this beer is best savoured long into a cold winter night, sipped slowly while solving the elusive problems of the world. Christmas hints of allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg play with a yeast primed with dark muscovado sugar delivering ripe fruit, molasses and delicate spice. UK Sovereign and Challenger hops hops provide a gentle, lasting bitterness that carefully balance this deep red ale rich in flavour and complexity. Best savoured long into a cold winter night sipped slowly while solving those elusive problems of the world…chesterfield and fireplace optional.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jade (435) - - JUL 7, 2012
Lovely burnt butter colour, deep oak. No head to speak of. Spicy to the nose. I had a bit of a cold, so must admit couldn’t pick much up in the aroma! Deep bitter flavour. Cherry and definite pepper. It’s nice, definetely suited to the cold.

TenEighty (11) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2013
Pours a cloudy copper with next to no head. Aromas of a sweetened allspice. Tastes of candied sugar followed by alcohol and a mild lasting buttery bitterness. Best enjoyed in a dark room listening to the crackle of an old Pink Floyd record.

Theodopilos (68) - - JUN 5, 2013
Picked up 2 bottles from dan murphys in June 2012, poured into a snifter glass, spicy aromas, a great tasting beer considering it’s 2 months past the best before date, a beautiful after taste too, cheers

M_Sack (793) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 24, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2017 Nose of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Deep copper with frothy head. Minimal carbonation. Yeasty front palate with clove and hints of banana leading into malt, molasses and the spice present on the nose. Some gentle, but nicely bitter hops linger, although the cinnamon and nutmeg remain delicately intertwined with the hops.  Delicious beer. Massive at 8.9% and perhaps best to share although the alcohol is not immediately obvious.

stoutnick (843) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2013 Definitely not one of my favourites from the Single Batch series. Spicy festive beer. Not super interesting, but definitely sessionable.

deanso (10271) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - DEC 30, 2012
50cl bottle courtesy of a friend. Thin off white head. Clear amber pour. Nice aftertaste.

maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2012
Growler at Mane Liquor. Pours red amber with a small white head which lingers and leaves good lacing. Nose lingers with spice and stewed fruits. Loads of nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, sweet and candied fruits. Taste is rather sweet and lacks balance. The spices are there with hints of citrus. Ok attempt

jonnyguns (1108) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 16, 2012
Firkin at the sail and anchor with cascade hops. Nose full of nutmeg, cinnamon and biscuit. Taste has lots of spicyness to it from the cinnamon and a sugary nutmeg finish. Cascade hops are quite pleasant. Paired with Choc dipped strawberries thanks to the sail. Pretty cool stuff

bmeup (681) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2012
Dans, Deep red and clear with a thin lasting head. Caramel malt hint of mild chocolate, spices, cinnamon and fruit and lots happening here. Best a little warm. 8.9% not noticed. Interesting beer.

theodorereg (28) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2012
Pours brown and little head. Rich sweetness with a sharp bitter after tang. Never thought of spices but I suppose there is that taste. Delicious actually and very filling

fletchfighters (1604) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2012
A-- Pours a nice looking, darker orange amber color. Quite clear. Half finger of off white head. Pretty much sticks at half finger. Nice ring of lacing and very visible alcohol legs with this. Good start to this. S-- Good nose. Nutmeg, clove, orange, cinnamon, stewed, candied dark fruits. Very much Christmas spices and sugar. Pretty much spot on for the style. T-- Nutmeg, clove, ginger, cinnamon sticks, and orange. Slightly thin in spots but holds up decently. Not as bold as the smell is. M-- Body lacks a lot to back up the spices. Quite thin and watery in the mouth and all there is are the spices to carry this. Alcohol is very restrained though. Has a bit of a sherry quality to it. Finishes quite dry with a bit of a orange and cinnamon stick finish. Does develop a bit of a harsh bitterness as drinking on that does hinder the spices and gets sickly sweet as well. O-- Good looking, good smelling but a bit thin in the body and falls apart half to three quarters through. Very rough finish. A bummer as just do not see Winter Warmers down here. Obviously more of a Northern Hemisphere deal really. Would only do in small doses as one of my favorite styles that are just not that available here.

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