bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2012 mullet (849) - Melbourne, - JAN 12, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
These guys have clearly improved their craft a hell of a lot in the last year. The last few beers released in bottles are miles ahead of the beers they put out for Good Beer Week. That said, whilst this is a very well-made beer, I just don’t get it. Coffee and raspberry amber ale? It is all of those things, for better or worse. There’s nice real raspberry on the aroma, with some stemmy, seedy, eau de vie type drive through the palate. There’s also coffee, which does its typically green capsicum kind of thing but at least it’s not overpowering. Otherwise it looks like a very clean, lean, melanoidiny amber lager, which would probably be very nice without all the weird additions. The flavours meld well enough, they just meld into something that’s kind of odd. Wish they’d use their brewing powers for good, not evil.
Bottle. Pours deep bronze with decent rocky tan coloured head. Smells like coffee liqueur, tastes like coffee liqueur. Yet again dont get it. Brenhophead (695) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2012
330mL bottle, pours clear amber with a coffee dominate aroma with a little sweet raspberry as well. Big coffee flavor in the taste but you can’t really get the rasberry. The style of these brewers is exciting although im yet to try one I have enjoyed alas I will keep trying. BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 28, 2012
Bottle. Clear reddish brown pour with only a slight coating of bubbles on the surface. Aroma is mainly of coffee and bready malt, with underlying hints of raspberry and caramel. The raspberries come through more in the flavour but the coffee is still as strong and between them they don’t leave room for much else. Light, slick mouthfeel with low carbonation and a fairly short bittersweet finish. Yes it is drinkable but I wouldn’t go as far as to say that it was genuinely enjoyable. maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2012 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours reddy brown with a small beige head which quickly disappears. No lacing left about. Complex aroma to it. Charred wood, bitter coffee beans, raspberries, smoke, a touch of chocolate and a herbal hint. Its pretty crazy if you ask me. Very roasty and smoked in the taste. Heavy smoke and roasted, bitter coffee mingle with a hint of raspberries and slight funk. A touch of tartness comes through right on the finish with a hint of grass. Spritzy carbonation but quite lengthy on the palate. Mouth feel is a little thin but it works in something like this. Weird beer and great to see some aussie craft brewers pushing the boundary like these guys are bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2012
I can taste the coffee and I can get the raspberry also some smoke and woody notes, I can drink it easily enough but I don’t really get the point.
gam (4000) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2012
Clear rich amber pour red tinge strong carbonation white blocky head strong aromas of coffee bean caramel raspberry other hints of fruit the flavours wow thats rough coffee rich bean strong bitter taste vile a caramel and the raspberry finish extremely vile to my palate like drinking salt water no thanks Davros (3240) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2012
Pours ruby/copper with a small fading head.
Smells like a percolator after use, rather than actually roasted coffee beans themselves. Not too bad though. Underneath is faint raspberries.
The used coffee grounds note transfers through as a flavours, whilst the raspberry remains in the background. Leaves an acidic and metallic note from the coffee though.
Could use a lot more carbonation.
Too bad the coffee character seems anything but fresh. davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Bottle 330ml from Purvis Cellars. Great malt-driven beer, with amazing mouthfeel. Aromas of caramel, smoke, nuts, and dark fruit. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Amber, with a thin head. hawthorne00 (4032) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 27, 2011
Bottle. Clear pinkish amber with a wisp of an off-white head that retreats to the rim and then stays. Aroma of raspberries, very heavily roasted coffee, caramel. Taste has lots of coffee, hairy raspberries, caramel and a little dark chocolate in the background. Bitter coffee at the end along with some herbal notes. Very low carbonation, but I’m only guessing that more would be better. Entirely beer-like, but also quite like a dessert that used to be served at the Latin where they sprinkled ground coffee over ice-cream and poured grappa over the top. Strange.