Brewed by The Two Metre Tall Company Pty Ltd
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
New Norfolk, Tas, Australia
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.22/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
A unique aromatic dark ale of mixed culture fermentation using five barley malts, Huon Valley whole apple juice, and Tasmanian Hallertau hops. Expect the ale to sour & complex in bottle over time and it generally achieves a wonderful harmony after 12months of age, but will reward many years of cellaring patience.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Maris (1462) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31, 2012
From a 500ml bottle on 31/5/2012 (vintage 19 Dec 11, filled to bottle 5 Mar 12, bottle number 413, labelled Dark Apple Ale). Pours a cloudy dark amber with a small head. Has a slight sweet, fruity, skunky aroma. The flavour is all tart apple, with a distinct long sourness overwhelming the slight sweetness at the beginning. Has some salt, vinegar and vinous notes. Has quite a bit of flavour but its not particularly pleasant.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
mkel07 (5676) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2012
330ml bottle. Very dark in colour, almost looks like the colour of tea, with a slight light brown head. The aroma is modest, as is the flavour. Very flat tasting and I am not sure where the apple fits into the mix.
Earlier Rating: 9/27/2009 Total Score: 2.7
500ml bottle. Thick and tar like in appearance. Coal black with a coffee coloured thin foam head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted coffee & toffee. Sour taste that overwhelms the underlying bitter coffee flavoyur.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brenhophead (695) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 19, 2012
330ml bottle from the brewery while i was on holiday in Tas. Pours almost black.. a deep red when held to the light with a creamy beige head and nice lacing. Is has the sweet aroma of apple and dark malts very nice. The taste initially has dark malt characters and then the zesty sort of sourness kicks in from the apple that they add. It had a very unique flavour i have never in my life had a beer like this. I was told at the brewery that they actually add apple juice after ferment and then add a champagne yeast for a secondary ferment, so i guess it is sort of a dark ale cross with a cider and the ratio is something like 70% beer, 20% cider and 10%champagne? I cant say Im a huge fan of cider or champagne although i am enjoying this beer cheers 2mt and thank you for thinking outside the square =)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2012
Bottle. Clear red brown body with a large tan head. Medium to high carbonation. Aroma: sweet with dry spices. Taste- sourness, cherries, fruit with a balanced bitter-swet finish. Light to medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davros (3054) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 7, 2010
Pours black, some brown highlights, small head. Nose shows lovely chocolate and nutty malt with sweet caramel underneath. Similar flavours, but sweet apples start to overwhelm. A bit too tangy to mix with the other characters. Carbonation is moderately high, nice. Get rid of the apple juice and this could be quite good, the roasted and tangy flavours dont mix well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
davidm (2079) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Tap. Surprising. Aromas of apple, and grain. Taste is sweet and sour, with average duration. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Dark brown, with a head that doesnt last.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (3802) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2009
UPDATED: APR 10, 2017 [12/09] This is down near the Brown Ale/ Porter border. Numbered bottle (406)! Pours black, dense beige head. Subtle aroma: chocolate, orchard flowers. Chocolatey with some sourness but no bite from (I guess) the apples. Creamy mouthfeel, cleaned up at the end by sourness and gentle hops reminiscent of a dark lager. If this were more assertive it would be kind of a mess, but its quite mild in both flavour and aroma and that restraint pays off. Original and good. [3.8]

[9/10] Bottle. Dark brown with a lasting beige head. Chocolate, coffee and apple blossoms - although once you know theres apple juice in there it smells more of fresh juice. Mild roast, chocolate and just-sour apple taste with nice balancing earth/grass hop bitterness that lingers. Its curious (and good) that the apples have a tenor-note sourness rather than an overt tartness. A very intriguing drop. [3.8]

[2/11] Bottle. Older or a different batch? In this one the tart apples have taken over and theres just a hint of chocolate and roast under real and slightly funky sourness. More spice than grass in the finish, too. Interesting, but not much like a porter at all this time.

[7/14] Seems settled as a deliberately sour beer now - nothing porter-like about it. No separate apple flavours either. Usually very good, always interesting.

[4/17] Aug 2016 bottle Very low carbonation, almost no head. Very gentle sourness, some bracken. Neither chocolate nor apple are obvious. Could do with just a little more presence. Seems more like a sour brown Flemish beer than before. Leaving score as is, but this is very lovely indeed. A tonic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 30, 2009
Wow pours very dark brown, essentially black with a nice creamy tan head. Retention is great, best of any local ive had in ages! Nose is quite peculiar, dark roasted malt with a juicy acidity, no doubt from both malt & apple juice. Palate translates well, very juicy apple notes on the mid palate before dark malt brings a touch of roast but not a whole heap of flavour. Overall everything seems to be a tiny bit muted, or maybe just subtle...? Carbonation is relatively lively which makes it a little creamy. Overall a pretty weird beer, creamy & juicy feel...? But certainly well made & rather enjoyable. Will definitely have again & recommend!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
BarossaLuke (552) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 7, 2009
Lovely dark/black colour with a tan head. Dry roasty aromas that follow through on the palate. Could use a little more crystal malt sweetness to balance the roastiness which is quite strong and lends a little to much bitterness for me. But in saying that, this is a good dark ale that I would drink again.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UnholyBrewing (595) - Central Florida(Upper Hell), Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2009
...bottle. Poured a nice dark, murky brown, with a decent chocolate head. Very flavorful, with loads of roasted malt, fruit, and sediment. Looked great in the glass, with visible chunks. Dark fruits complement the roasted notes. Finished with more dark fruit, and roasted notes. I liked this one.

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