Pdubyah (736) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 25, 2015
Totally confusing candi-Sugar front reminds you so much of Belgium style beers, then there is a real crash of alcohol astringent that’s just a little to harsh and over powering for me. But what an amazing combination of styles, even if it is imperfect GlassBrass440 (321) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 28, 2015
Pours a murky brown with no head. Aromas of apple jack, caramel, and alcohol (cherry cough syrup). Fairly alcoholic hot with caramel and apple flavours. Again, reminiscent of cough syrup. Body is medium-low with a sticky mouthfeel. maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2014
Bottle from Mane Liquor. This didn’t live up to it unfortunately. Very sweet and sticky toffee but didn’t really get any cognac of apple. Very one dimensional. Had high hopes for this and it didn’t really come out like I had hoped for ShaneJ (896) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle from Slowbeer. Dark copper/red, thin off-white head, sweet toffee apple and caramel aroma, some alcohol evident, taste is more sweet toffee, oak, some yeast, fruity, passionfruit hops, nice medium bitterness, slick, oily texture. Loved it! Niksko (624) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 14, 2014
Pours darkish amber with a sudsy head.
ALLOVATE (3015) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 11, 2014
Nose is sweet, caramel, toffee, a little floral hop and pineapple.
Flavour is lovely and sweet, with lots of toffee, some calvados from those barrels, vanillia, slightly yeasty,
Body is medium to full and slightly sticky.
At cellar temperature and into a snifter it settles a misty, ruddy chestnut with a small amount of undissolved yeast on the base. Little carbonation and little head retention. Nose has hints of boozy, Calvados soaked raisins (nose tickling stuff!), mace-like spice, toffee brittle, damp lumber, apple cider vinegar and grainy, dark malts. Quite bitter upon first taste which is unexpected. Body is lighter than anticipated which an oily feel to it. Big lot of warmth in the bitter, burnt fruit and wood finish. Quite vinous and there is a hint of creaming soda and toffee apple left lingering on the palate from the Calvados barrel-ageing. I reckon a little wild yeast is at play as it shyly hairy and funky in back. Roasted malt dominates the front of the palate, and overall it is quit dry for the length. Nice balance with nothing on the extreme. Quite a nice slow-sipper! (33cL, no date stamp, Cellarbrations Carlisle) Brenhophead (695) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 7, 2013
330mL bottle. Pours deep cloudy amber with a small off white head and a very zesty/funky aroma. Lots of caramel mixed in with the vanilla/whisky hint from the barrel and the zest fruity flavour from NS hops and trappist yeast give it a distinct toffee apple flavour, wow! gam (3930) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2013
Small off white head dark amber pour medium carbonation aromas sickly sugar floral note toffee richness caramel honey the flavours hoppy citrus grapefruit pine caramel toffee sugary notes honey smooth well balanced ale medium bitter floral touch the finish excellent amber with the good extras flavours smooth well put together nice balance bitter sweet and floral touch lingers good ale Davros (3187) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2013
Pours dark copper with a small white head.
Nose shows tart green apples, caramel, soft booze, french oak, toffee, lychee, passion fruit. Pretty awesome.
Flavours don’t quite match up, some caramel, apple, cardboard-like grainy malt and booze. Finishes quite harsh with a fair bit of booze.
Needs more carbonation, very low at the moment. hawthorne00 (3955) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 23, 2013
Amber with a small off-white head that lasts very well. Aroma is of toffee apples, mild funk, some alcohol. Medium bodied. Taste is sweet with a big Calvados finish that’s rumblingly warm. The beer gets a little overwhelmed here, but there’s toffee, a little funk and a fair bit of bitterness too. Too much like a beer cocktail for my tastes, but it’s fun and done well.