Brewed by Red Hill Brewery
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Red Hill, VIC, Australia
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
The colour of burnished copper, strong with a caramely sweetness. A malt driven beer, lightly balanced with our own Goldings and Willamette fresh hop flowers. The grain make up in this beer is a tightly kept secret. It has taken 7 years to perfect and is a very special blend of English Malts, some of which are dark roasted to impart the toffee and sweet flavours of this ale.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ComradeK (1236) - Sydney, - JAN 2, 2013
330ml bottle. Pours an opaque deep chestnut, with a small off-white head, which lasts reasonably well without leaving much lacing. The aroma has some typical dark and sweet Scotch ale characteristics, but mixed with some faint soy that jars a little. It is much more hoppy than I would expect of a Scotch ale, with bitter herbal and weak pine notes up front. These lead, via more incongruous soy, to a treacley, sweetly malty body. There are some herbal and dark chocolate flavours in the finish. This is a bit of an odd one. Stylistically, it does not match its own claims to be a Scotch ale, but nor is it an ESB, as Ratebeer suggests. To me it feels a bit lost between the two aforementioned styles and a hoppier ale altogether. It doesn’t really work for me.

CurlyJoe (242) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2017
Clear amber, brown with thin light brown head. Smells of caramel and scotch lollies. Very sweet to taste as well, like a much higher ABV beer. A little too sickly sweet for my taste. Well balanced scotch taste otherwise. Quite crisp on palate.

Tezminator (239) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2017
Aroma of caramel. Taste of toasted malt, sweet caramel and faint floral hops. I really liked this one.

Muggus69 (2493) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - SEP 10, 2016
Pint off hand-pull @ Brewery, Red Hill, Vic. This looks amazing off the handpull! A inch of white cream eventually settles atop a rich dark honey gold body. Malt driven aroma - dark caramel, brown toffee, toasted nut & honey with a touch of complimentary earth, floral hop. Subdued carbonation gives the body a nice girth & chewy texture. Good malt driven body - toasted nut, caramels, sweet biscuit/cookie, gentle savoury hop bitterness on a smooth finish Top notch scotch ale - a real treat off the old handpull!

Ngejo (979) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - APR 28, 2016
Bottle. Clear, amber, frothy, tan foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & long finish.

sm89walt (2065) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 17, 2016
330ml bottle from Crafty Brew. Poured a deep chestnut brown with a tall and slowly fading light tan head leaving a slightly soapy lace. Aromas of caramel, toffee, earth, roasted nuts and tangy dark and dried fruits. A little choc and roast too. Similar to taste with more roasted malt presence contributing to the finishing bitterness. A little watery despite its Modest ABV, medium carbonation and a soft to moderate intensity and length finish.

Night_Cap (119) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2016
Hand pump (at Keg and Brew). Dark burnt brown with a lightly tanned, frothy head that lasts perfectly. Aroma is of roasted barley with chocolate, toffee, coffee, sultana’s, dates and hints of salted liquorice. Flavour is smooth and malty with a light earthy hop bitterness, roasted barley, milk chocolate, toasted nuts, muscatels, raisins and light notes of coffee. Light to medium bodied with very soft carbonation, a watery texture and a good length dry/toasty finish.

kol89 (6) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2016 does not count
Bottle into glass. Biscuity and burnt toast aroma. Smooth feel in the mouth with low carbonation. Very well balance of caramel and toasty flavours that linger long after its consumed.

DeliriumT (537) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 7, 2015
Pours a burnt caramel colour with lasting lacing. Aroma is sweet and toasty with a very mild note of solvent. Flavour is caramel and malty with a slight burnt toast aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

DavidAust (275) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2015
Looks good, great dark head and deep red brown colour. Taste, not quite as strong as I’d hoped for. Low alcohol (for a scotch ale) might have contributed. Overall OK, but looks better than it tastes. Shame as this brewery’s other beers have all been impressive. will go with other brands for my Scotch ales.

donniemillan (102) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2015
This beer is delicious. It pours thin tan lacing, dark copper brown. The aroma is lacking, light roast, might need to let it warm slightly. The taste is great, long bitter malt finish.

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