Murray's Anniversary Ale 5

Formerly brewed at Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
Style: Barley Wine
Bob’s Farm, NSW, Australia
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
This year’s Anniversary Ale marks the first major change in the base recipe since the inaugural batch. Brewed in collaboration with original head brewer Graeme Mahy to celebrate our 5th year the AA5 is still a wheat and barleywine at heart like the previous batches, and still oak aged, but we made some significant changes this year. This year’s brew is a lot darker with the addition of chocolate malt and roast barley to give the beer a distinctly darker colour and a solid dark grain bite in the flavour. The hop profile has also changed significantly with extra additions throughout the brew and a new blend of Green Bullet, Pacifica, Motueka and NZ Cascade hops used. The result is a beautiful dark ruby hued beer with aggressive hop aroma and flavour and a more assertive bitterness than previous batches. The caramel malt backbone of the beer is made more complex by the coffee notes from the dark grain additions. Classic American oak character comes through in the flavour and aroma further adding to the complexity of the brew. More than any previous year, we think this year’s batch is designed to age well. While it drinks fine now, we recommend careful cellaring for up to 10 years. I think this beer will certainly be going well in 5 years time. 10% Abv, $40 per bottle, only 1000 bottles available.

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CitrusP's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CitrusP (66) - Newcastle, - SEP 20, 2012
2010 bottle (of course). This beer left quite an effect on me, and at $29 a bottle I’m glad it did. Smelt of Smooth Rockmelon with some yeast. Very well balanced flavours is what struck me most, sweeter rockmelon flavours to begin with leaning towards darker fruit flavours as it warmed. Beautiful smooth, yet a little resinous mouthfeel. Not at all bitter and very drinkable for the ABV. Never had a beer quite like this one to be honest, very enjoyable. Clearly aging well, tempted to get another!

Stew41 (2118) - Phuket, THAILAND - DEC 4, 2016
Maintains the very high standard of the series. Going well as a 6yr old but I do get the sense it is drink soon(ish) beer. Subtle at the strength and dry; not sure if this is the age or the stylistic intentions of the beer talking. Remains one of the great beers of Australia but perhaps just not as compelling as the early releases (maybe a product of competition?)

Muggus69 (2807) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2016
corked & caged 750mL bottle from Brewery. Brewed 2009 Quite a dark pour for a Barley Wine (age?) - bronze ruby-highlighted edges, holds small orange-beige ring of cream. Potent sort of aroma - sultana, raisins, prunes, burnt toffee, Seville orange marmalade, earthy spice, touch of Rancio & overly ripe tropical fruits (paw paw!?). Subdued carbonation, thick yet dry overall impression, smooth, silky, slightly tannic, warming on finish. Big smooth body - rich caramels, stacks of dried fruits, oak comes through more with toasty oak, char, gun powder, peaches and apricot, toasty nutty malt notes. Long finish, plenty of bitterness. In great shape for a 5+ year old Barley Wine, great choice to bring up number 1800!

Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - APR 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours deep amber colored with a nice off white colored head. Aromas of dried fruit, caramel and alcohol. Flavor is sweet and tasty. Great!

thewolf (12949) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear dark red with a medium, creamy, beige head. Aroma has sweet caramel, red berries, vinious. Medium carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has red currants, tart, good sweetness, good lingering bitterness. Lovely.

anders37 (27658) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2013
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a longlasting off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel weak dark fruit aroma. Fruity malty spicy caramel dark fruit flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel and dark fruit finish.

Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle at Amager Bryghus - Tasting - thanks to Papsø. Clear brown - offwhite head. Ryebread, fruity, nutty, dryness, nice hoppy, orange, coconut, bitterness, herbal hoppy, wooden/forrest hopy notes. Tjaaaa.

madsberg (11799) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2013
Bottled. Amber coloured. Unclear. Dense beige head. Aroma: Sweetness, ripe fruits, alcohol, nuts, light caramel. Flavour. Ripe fruits, vanilla, caramel, sweetness, light almond, brown sugar. Medium bodied. Ends alcoholdense and full of ripe fruits.

brnandersen (4344) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2013
Sample from 75 cl. bottle. 2010 Vintage. Hazy, dark amber colour with a golden tint. Small, tan head. Sweet aroma with rich caramel malts, light toast, overripe fruits, some licorice, a vinous alcohol note. Taste is sweet. Full body, with a creamy texture and a soft carbonation. Long lasting drying finish. Solid BW.

Desverger (13759) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2013
Bottle - Hazy brown/amber colour with medium beige head. Aroma and taste is malty caramel, slightly nutty, toffee, biscuit, boozy dry finish.

joergen (29625) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2013
Bottle at Tasting at Amager Bryghus. Clear orange-red coloured with a medium sized beige head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, dried fruits and hops with notes of oak. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel and dried fruits with notes of hops and alchol. Hoppy finish.

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