johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2009
Slightly yeasty nose with some citrus from the hops. Pours hideous - muddy diarrheoa brown with no head to speak of. Flavour is ok, but the sweet sultana-like malt gives way to an over-egged alcoholic astringency that carries into the finish. Ultimately a bit unsatisfying. Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2009
Pours ruddy brown with a small tan coloured head. Nose has sweet fruit, peach and apricot with brown sugar. Reminiscent of many aussie brewed belgian darks. Palate has sweetness early on before dark malts take charge to deliver a burnt tofee and bitter coffee-like finish with sweet malt lingering in the background. Interesting, has a little bit of everything. Don’t know how true it is to style though...enjoyable all the same. Pyobon (1398) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 20, 2008
Bottle. I didn’t pour this carefully enough - it’s very dark and I got a fair amount of the sediment, which did settle out in the glass after a while. So initially it was a muddy brown, but it cleared to a deep red brown. There was little head. Rich malty aroma. Full body, almost oily, with very light carbonation. Flavour was predominantly rich alt with a dark toffee or treacle taste. There was a reasonable amount of complexity and some bitterness to balance the sweetness. An enjoyable drink, but not an every day drink. voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2008
Pours ruby brown with a pretty dismal head. The aroma and flavour of this beer are so similar I’m going to write about them at the same time. Brown sugar, peach, brown sugar and alcohol, and brown sugar. Its pretty balanced, simple and sweet... and for some reason it works for me quite well. More so than their other beers anyway. bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2007
Poured a hazy toffee brown. A very sweet aroma with lots of caramel and strangely some blackcurrant. Quite strong on tasting, with the glands working overtime trying to process the sweetness. A full bodied beer that sort of reminded me of Salvator in both its strength and sweetness.
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2007
Described on the bottle as a "Strong Celtic Ale". No idea what that is but this was a sticky monster of a beer, thick with residual sugars. Echoes of Pauwel’s Kwak, in that you need a really sweet tooth to enjoy it. I liked it a lot, but it was Beer No. 5 in a tasting, so my palate was not as sharp as it could have been. Muddy brown colour with a good lacing cappuccino head. Thick aroma of toffee, smoky malts, Bundy rum and brown sugar. Geez, it’s sweet - if you stepped in this aroma it would stick to your shoes. Creamy palate. Lactic mouthfeel. Sweet molten caramel and a lick of turpentine. Very nice. It’s all about the sugars. Happy to go a bit against the grain here. (33cl bottle from Cloudwine Cellars, Melbourne.) ChrisTurner (207) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 13, 2007
Bottle -- Deep, deep red with initial active carbonation that soon dies away -- how odd. Next to no head and negligible lacing. Rich aroma of spice and malt with some smokiness. Warming alcohol with maltiness and rich fruitiness in the flavour.Nice bitterness. Conjures up visions of cheese and open fire places on cold winter nights! A nice drop. Dredd (938) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - DEC 27, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2008 first off, for a beer this high in alcohol, it covers it quite well. Aroma is mainly malt with some spiciness, appearence is a cloudy ruby-brown. Flavours are kind of wierd, there is some almost fudgy vegemite that finishes witha hint of phenolics and there are some what I would call fine grain tannins in there as well which gives it that cocoa finish.
But a beer is more than a sum of it’s parts and this one i am afraid does little to satisfy. Maybe next time for the red duck guys.
RR: A lot smoother since the original rating, grain tannin is restrained much more pleasent.
Choos (754) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2006
Aroma: malt, vegemite and some fruity spiritous notes that finishes with a touch of passionfruit. Appearance: dark reddy/brown and nicely hazy with the yeast. Tan foamy head with sudsy lacing. Flavour: strong malty and lightly spiritous with a great balancing bitterness that brings out the lightly passionfruity notes. Palate: fine carbonation with great thick mouthfeel and yeasty/vegemite, earthy and cocoa notes along with bitterness in the finish. bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 8, 2006
Medium size, off-white head on a deep ruby red body. Malt aroma and raisins. Initially a sharp bitter taste, then once past that a thick taste of dark fruits, warming alcohol and a touch of vegemite, not a drink for everyone but I like it.