mkel07 (5963) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2014
Bottle from Archive Beer September 2013. Light on alcohol for a scotch ale but big on flavour. Toffee, caramel and vanilla fills the mouth. ALLOVATE (3015) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2014
Cellar temp. and into a snifter. Headless, still looking chestnut brown, not quite bright. Bold, toffeeish and deeply nutty nose edged by hints of savoury fruit such as raisins and sultanas, and a touch of almond butter. Quite woody, reminiscent of peanut and hazelnut husks. Similar on the palate. Very nutty, buttery and malt driven with plenty of savoury fruit. Back end has a hint of spice from the rye and tastes of pumpernickel and roggenbrot in the long finish. Body is light and carbonation prickly up-front with no backing. Has a sharp, tangy berry flavour to it that slowly develops long into drinking. Pretty ordinary overall, but not a style I favour. Average! (50cL, no date stamp, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot) Ngejo (979) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - MAY 13, 2014
Tap. black, cloudy, frothy, medium body, soft carbonation, light sweetness, medium bitterness, & abrupt finish, StevieT (2013) - AUSTRALIA - APR 2, 2014
From a bottle. Very well carbonated, strong Scotch aroma, tan coloured head, cloudy light blown and rich malty flavours. It’s definitely a sessionable Scotch ale due to the lighter punch. I like it. ShaneJ (896) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2013
Bottle from Plonk. Dark reddish-brown, bit of a gusher, took 3 pours to get it all in the glass, brown sugar, dried fruit, caramel lollies, bit of spice, low bitterness, medium sweetness, light-medium body, thin texture. Pretty good.
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 13, 2013
A really quaffable beer. Nice aroma, look and taste. Falls down on the palate, but you could drink this all day. Solid. Gramoit (490) - Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2013
Pretty big disappointment. Thin bodied, water mouth feel. Some nice spice was tasted due to the use of rye but other than that, an average beer. Davros (3178) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 26, 2013
Pours burnished copper with a fading head.
Aroma of sultanas, burnt figs, fruit cake and brown sugar. Nice!
Flavours are not as great. Some of the fruit is still there but then it falls short quickly.
Body feels a bit watery. gam (3924) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2013
Small head deep dark ruby pour carbonation strong aromas grain caramel honey dark sugary taste the flavours rye taste bright malt creamy notes with grain touches sweetness oaky vanilla taste very smooth ale the finish best tastes creaminess rye touch best in a lot of ales so much brighter and rich this ale goes down just easy Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 4, 2013
It looks rosy mahogany in colour with a coarse greenish-cream coloured head that started out with some fluffiness and then receded into a skim of rough looking bubbles. It has that peculiarly silky oat character that you find in oatmeal stouts that is reminiscent of port and dark chocolate. In this edition there is a kind of rich garam masala spice and slight oakiness that seems to combine well into a mellow unctuousnes.
It carries that silkiness into the body of the beer but the flavour is mainly dominated by dark cherries in port, slightly bitter chocolate, raisin and prunes. There is a fine tingly bubble that sings across the tongue and brings that cherryvite flavour back to the fore on the return tasting. The cunning use of malts has brought malt flavour to the fore and exemplified it, which isn’t a bad thing considering that all the beer press is being hogged by hops at the moment. This beer is elegant and begs thoughtful consumption. It could quite equally be an enjoyable quaffer as well.