davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 25, 2009
Bottle 330ml. Great strong beer. I had this with some chocolate, and the blend was sensational. The aroma had toffee, butterscotch, and also alcohol. Sweet flavour, not overwhelming, with a final touch of bitterness. Velvety mouthfeel, medium body, slightly alcoholic finish. Colour is dark brown, it has particles, and the white head doesn’t last.
jimmythechippy (90) - , AUSTRALIA - MAR 4, 2010
my fav beer from red duck. brings back memories of sitting in the rain in the grampians at the food and wine festival and drinking this for the first time. amazing beer that never lets me down. hugely complex but balance at the same time. with a nice small of bitterness to finish. TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 23, 2010
Bottle. Dark and sweet. Rasins, woody and smoky. A lot going on this, and it all works. Stew41 (2025) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAR 11, 2006
Fizzy head early but settles quickly, leaving a thin creamy head. A few solids floating; slightly unnerving. Light brown tan in colour. Rich nose, good depth and weight. Malt driven, a touch of raisens and a little pongy. Backs up well in the palate with similar flavours. Low fizz, a little cloying. Big malts, sweet, more stewed notes. Tails off a bit in the back palate but very good. Shows a depth of flavour rarely seen in Australian beers. 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.
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.) gam (3930) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2009
Medium head biege in colour misty red/brown ale,aroma spicy dark fruits,malts,brown sugar and alcohol sweetness.Flavour plum raisin port wine,cinnamon,bitter has gentle taste,good malt flavours,finish alround good tastes,very plesant ale. 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 (1403) - 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. 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.