haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Ruby red poor with a nice creamy tan head. Malty aroma, light hops as well. Interesting taste. Crisp, some tart, caramel, and a hint of fruit. Nice aftertaste. Not too strong. Very enjoyable. KBeer (117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2004
It was pretty good, but maybe the walking 15 minutes in 33C heat had to do with the initial love. It poured a dark amber with a bit of head. It went well with the wedges with sourcream and sweet chili sauce - which were over priced but really damn good. Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Deep amber colour, small lingering head. Toasty aroma with alcohol character. The flavor is old and earthy with hints of caramel and chocolate. The alcohol untimately wins this battle. mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2004
Clear (unlike their other beers) dark brown colour, yellowish head which sticks around.
Dark fruit aromas and a fair bit of alcohol.
Not overly sweet which I appreciate in an English Strong Ale, malt is there but lightish, some hops in the end, but it had HEAPS of alcohol flavour. It gave me a headache. Actually reminded me a lot of one of my best early home brews which isn't such a bad thing. Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - NOV 11, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2006 I think the beers here suffer the most from inconsistency in batches than any other micro brewed beer I have tried. Sometimes these are really on song and other times are a large letdown. To be positive my good experiences have been that this has a great coppery colour with good head. The hop aroma is present and mouthfeel, body and balance all very good. Overall, the best of their beers ahead of 3 sheets.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - APR 7, 2003
5/4: Had to leave it for 20 minutes to warm. Gave me a chance to try 3sheets. Deep deep red-amber colour with short brown head. Great retention. Small burnt/coffee aroma. Nice well balanced flavour, sweet, burnt, bitter, floral. I dont know about the water comments here, I found it had a good full palate. dubs (117) - St Peters, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2003
Geeez... again with the water. Reminds one of the bock they have at the Australian from Scharer’s in Picton but much thinner... Decent dark ale otherwise, nothing special. Everyone else is spot on... eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - DEC 2, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2005 lighter coloured than it used to be - now a dark copper-red like a barley wine. an obese, extremely sweet, cloying and sickly beer that depends on crystal malt for all its flavour, like a dutch bokbier. ok i grant you there’s also some brown sugar rumminess and a bit of licorice. the hit of raw alcohol at the finish isn’t nice either. not my sort of beer but people who are into "warming" sweet beers might like it - no real off-flavours or anything. Kaya161 (1139) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2002
This is their headiest beer, but I still found it bland. Nice dark colour, but that’s about it. Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 You get the feeling that this beer is made to the same standards as it would have been 200 years ago. When sanitation wasn’t all that great...
That said though I would still be quite happy to drink this stuff if transported back to colonial Australia. Great with the ’ploughmans lunch’....Three years later and this beer hasn’t gotten any better, it’s got more body than I recall, but the flavour is still underwhelming, strong alcohol and buttery aromas, with messy hop character, weak chocolate flavour is unable to compete with other random flavours swirling around.