Tasted Friday 14 August 2009. 330ml bottle, 7.8% Alc/Vol
Red Duck has been out in the wilderness of late. In my personal opinion, since they have been brewed at Mildura Brewery, the core range of beers are not anywhere near as good as they once were.
I tried this one because back when it was very first released I thought it was their best beer. A lot has happened since then.
It poured an attractive dark brown colour with a nice sized off white head that faded fairly quickly. There is plenty going on with the aromas. Caramel, boiled fruit cake burnt citrus rind, cinnamon and nutmeg. It is rich and full bodied on the palate. First up is sweet malt and fruitcake backed by cinnamon and nutmeg, then giving way to a drier biscuity finish. On the way it is smooth and luscious with alcohol warmth, a burnt roasted nutty and citrus character and a mild bitterness nicely threaded throughout. This beer is balanced and highly enjoyable. Still, I think, this is the best Red Duck beer.