BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 2, 2010
Bottle. Dark brownish red pour with a smalltan head that quickly disappears. Sweet, slightly vinous aroma has notes of berries, cola, spice, brown sugar and molasses. Flavour is very similar: still sweet but with some balancing bitterness, malty, fruity and spicy. Mouthfeel is a touch thin and watery with low carbonation and a lingering bittersweet finish. This is drinkable, if somewhat unbalanced, and as far as Irish Ales go it isn’t too bad, however it’s not something I could see myself going back to often. jimmythechippy (90) - , AUSTRALIA - MAR 4, 2010
brought at grampians food wine festival. can’t remember heaps about this beer as it was some years ago, but i remember i wanted another bottle but couldn’t find one anywhere! MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2008
Bottle (330ml). Poured a deep ruby with an off-white head which was virtually non-existent. A strong nutty/wood aroma with sweet roasted malts, golden syrup and sweet toffee. Flavor was very pleasant and well rounded with strong notes of nuts, roasted malts, some earthy hops, golden syrup, sweet toffee (but not cloyingly so) and hints of aniseed and molasses in the finish. Very well hidden alcohol content seemed more like 4.4%. Medium bodied with soft carbonation, dry/creamy mouthfeel, somewhat oily texture and a good finish. An excellent Irish ale. Lunkie (1965) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2008
Malt sweet aroma with banana. Murky brown red colour with great head and lacing. Smooth malt flavour with banane and fruit. Smooth palate. Dredd (978) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - MAR 7, 2008
Pours red with very low carbonation and a thin caramel head. Aroma is mainly vegemite with a slight hint of fruit. Upfront flavour is spice, plum pudding, brown sugar which evolves in to a strong long bitter finish.
Apart from the nose, the brewer description is spot on. Gets more complex with every mouthful, lots of stuff going on, almost impossible to nail all of them down though. Will probably improve after a few months.
madquacker (1176) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - MAR 3, 2008
Dark red with no head. A bit cordially for me and overly sweet. Not my pick of styles. Stew41 (2117) - Phuket, THAILAND - FEB 21, 2008
Solid winter quaffer style. Nose shows a surprising level of malt sweetness at an almost Belgian ale-like intensity. Settles down substantially in the mouth with a dry savoury layer coming through. Not many beers made like this in Australia right now.