Brewed by Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
Style: English Strong Ale
Sydney, Australia


on tap


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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
Note: The bottled version is brewed and bottled by AIB.

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MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - DEC 13, 2007
Bottle (330ml) 6.1%. I have had this one many a time on tap at the Nelson, but I was keen to try it at a proper temperature, so I thought bottled would be the way to go. Poured a dark ruby with burgundy highlight and a creamy off white head which was mostly lasting. Aroma was dominated by roasted malts and espresso coffee with some milky chocolate and toffee also present. Taste was similar to smell with loads of coffee, some dark chocolate, some nuts and a subtle bitterness in the end. Medium/full bodied with soft carbonation, creamy mouth feel and a good finish.

Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2007
Bottle: Murky brown with a thick tan head. Milk coffee and toasted caramels in the nose, rounded out by some herbal pine tones. In the toasty, earthy flavours sing loudest with a nicely balance herbal chord to end the song. This is unremarkable, but certainly very drinkable.
Subsequent ratings have been hit and miss. some excellent some outright bad. This is an average of those rates.

enak (27) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2007
Pours dark brown with no to faint head. Tastes with a little malt toffee but subsiding to a mildly sour flavour. As the temperature begun to rise (8-10*) it became almost undrinkable. Disapointing.

beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 6, 2007
Cloudy bronze colour withthick creamy white head. Weak thin hop aroma. Coffee flavours, small hop residue hiding under the malts. mild hop bitterness.

bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2007
Poured a dark cloudy amber with a beige loosely whipped egg-white head. A thin roasted aroma with lots of dry chocolate and a touch of coffee. On tasting there is even more coffee, reminding me of those dodgy chocolate-coffee eclair lollies. A restrained bitterness dominates, resulting in a mostly uninspiring flavour sensation. A little stronger than medium bodied, with a bit too much carbonation though. Not bad, but not great - I’ll be interested in trying this on tap. (bottle marked 6.1% abv)

Muggus69 (2494) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2006
Found this in a 330ml bottle. Serving it chilled. Aroma reminds me a bit of a typical Aussie stout; plenty of mocha coffee and roasted malts in there with the tiniest off note to it. Looks quite nice with a big fluffy tan head atop a hazy dark amber body. Palate seems a bit spritzy and thin for a beer of this strength. Nutty malts dominate, with coffee, drinking chocolate and roasted malt notes. Finish is reasonably dry and moderately bitter. Seems almost like a souped-up Tooheys Old.

SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 25, 2006
On tap at the brewpub. Pours dark amber to light brown with a thick ivory head. Strong chocolate aroma. A mild roasted flavor and a milk chocolate taste. This beer seemed way way stronger than the 6.9% ABV posted on the bar board. Easily, this was the best beer made here.

Stew41 (2025) - Phuket, THAILAND - JUL 10, 2006
Malt driven amber ale style. Lightish chocolate tan in colour. Reasonably fizzy palate keeps the weight surprisingly light for a 6.7% beer. Malty chocolate notes come across the palate really well. Very appealing. Best of the marque in my opinion.

stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2006
A nice brown. Smooth and malty but nothing to distinguish it. The best part is the Lord Nelson Brewery pub itself. Made for a good end to a walk in Sydney.

vanvenlo (1885) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2006
1 Oct 05 - Roasted malt and lightly hopped aroma. Clear dark brown colour, suds lacing but only an OK head. Malty vegetable fruit flavour. Medium mouthfeel, tangy hoppy finish.

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