nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2009
Bottle. Pours muddy brown with a creamy beige head. Great aroma of dark rich malts, chocolate, raisins and some spicy tones. The flavour is the same and results in a smooth mouthfeel and good bitterness that leads to the finish. Nicely balanced. An enjoyable strong ale. Pyobon (1497) - 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. 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.) 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. Dredd (972) - 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.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 5, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark copper with a small off-white head. Nose has a slight medicinal quality to it, notes of malt, brown sugar, cherries and toffee. Flavour is on the sweet side with sweet malts, apples, blueberries, burnt sugar and port all featuring prominently. I’m not really sure what a ’Strong Celtic Ale’ is and it’s not a classic English Strong Ale but I think, taken on its own, that this is a pretty nice beer, even if you wouldn’t drink many in one sitting. mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2006
Deep ruby-brown, not much head. Nicely textured, fudgy, toasty malt with lots of that weird cherryish alcohol stuff I don’t really like, bready yeast and some weird phenolics (again!) Nice soft mouthfeel and round malt, salty alcohol and no real hop character. Unidimensional just like their other beers. Pretty uninspiring stuff, sadly, but I recall liking it a fair bit more at the Vic Micro Showcase. Like their other beers I just can’t see what this offers to make me want to drink it again. But other people seem to like them so maybe I’m just stupid. 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. 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. 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.