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Tasted Thursday 8 July 2010. 5.8% Alc/Vol

Australia

Sweet malt aromas, sublt yeasty/vegemite characters  and roasted nuts. Thin head that disappeared quickly. Light to medium body with plenty of flavour. Sweet malt, leading to a dry finish with orange/caramel toasty notes. Very smooth and rich with decent length and balance with a suggestion of hops.  A very good beer and easy drinking Рtoo easy.

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Tasted Thursday 8 July 2010. 750ml bottle, 5.4% Alc/Vol

Australia

This is the Dark Smoke beer aged in French oak barrels that was used to mature Pinot Noir from the Geelong region. An initial dense off white head quickly dissipated. The nose was gorgeous dirty, burnt rubber, earthy and peaty and a touch of toffee. Smooth mouthfeel, slightly sweet malt character, earthy and peaty and charry. Light bodied and very smooth with some seasoned woodiness and seaweed notes. Tangy and salty on the finish and very dry. An excellent smoke beer.

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Tasted Tuesday 29 June 2010. 500ml bottle, 6.5% Alc/Vol.

New Zealand

This has been infused with authentic Kentucky Bourbon. Which brand or how, I’m not sure. Maybe the brewer in the middle of a bender accidentally tipped a bottle in the mix trying to brew under the influence. The result? Quite nice actually. Perhaps not as strong or complex as some Scotch Ales but this will suffice on a cold winters evening, and at 6.5% alcohol a couple more can happily be consumed. It is big rich and malty. Sweetness up front with liqueur-like spirit undertones plus burnt toffee, banana, clove and a hint of smokiness. It is very well balanced with medium carbonation, a smooth dryish finish and low to mild hop content. Very yum indeed.

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Tasted Tuesday 1 June 2010. 330ml bottle, 6.0% Alc/Vol

New Zealand

Lots has been written and talked about regarding Yeastie Boys beers, and this one in particular. It is our pleasure to be able to source some fantastic New Zealand craft beers including this one.

An unusual style, this beer claims to be a cross between a Porter and IPA. So what do you call it? A hoppy Porter or a dark IPA? Well either would work.

It certainly pours dark, nearly jet black, but holding it up to light is a deep dark brown. It has a smallish head that hangs about, is fairly dense and off-white in colour, with roasted/burnt nutty malt and big hoppy aromas. The palate is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Sweet malt is interlaced with hoppy bitterness from front to back of palate with bitter chocolate, caramel and charcoal. There is a creamy, glycerol-like mouthfeel and yet quite dry on the finish. I expected a beer of two parts, but this seems to work very well in providing a fairly seamless array of flavours. Challenging though and hard to see as a session beer, but some will disagree. This has a high enjoyment factor and it is worth tracking down. You can find it here at Purvis Cellars.

Awards

  • Silver Medal (Porters) – 2010 Australian International Beer Awards
  • Best in Class (Porters and Stouts) and Gold Medal – 2009 BrewNZ Beer Awards
  • People’s Choice – Beervana 2009

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Tasted Thursday 20 May 2010. 750ml bottle, 4.8% Alc/Vol

Spain

elBulli is one the world’s most famous and exclusive restaurants. Three star Michelin rated plus it has been rated as the world’s best restaurant a record 5 times by Restaurant magazine. Open only six months of the year it takes bookings on one day of the year. For approximately 8000 seats available each season they get around two million requests and it will cost 250 Euro per head.

Inedit means “Never Been Done Before”.
The beer has been crafted in cooperation with Estrella Damm and highly acclaimed elBulli chefs Ferran Adria and Juli Soler and sommeliers Ferran Centelles and David Seijas to specifically match foods that contain:

  • Citrus and Oils: salads, vinegar based sauces
  • Bitter Notes. i.e. asparagus, artichokes, rucula
  • Oily textures. i.e. salmon, tuna, fatty cheese

Brewed with wheat malt, barley malt, hops, coriander, orange peel, yeast and water.
Golden and clear in colour with a dense fluffy white head. Moderately intense aromas of sweet citrus, hay and grass, herbal notes and spice. Its lovely soft and creamy mouthfeel is light and refreshing with balanced carbonation. Some fruitiness is backed by yeast, spice and herbal character, finishing with reasonable length. This is a very likable beer and very easy to drink.
Recommended.

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Tasted Wednesday 14 April. 330ml bottle, 5.9% Alc/Vol

Australia

The excitement grew when pouring this beer, its enticing blackness rivaled only by the depths of night. A foamy espresso coloured head sat proud and dense like the cream on a Vienna coffee. The dark roasted aromas suggested charred nuts, sweet blackberry, crushed rock minerality and a strangely attractive dirty character like the old oil smell of a car workshop floor. The palate is bittersweet, not too much in the either direction of dry or sweet, combining roasted/charcoal flavours perfectly integrated with a very creamy body, soft blackberry fruitiness, coffee bean, dark chocolate then finishing with a dryish, gentle and lingering bitterness. This stout is not a huge face slapping hit of flavour, rather it is well balanced, rich and complete, and is easy to enjoy and sturdy enough to be a true strong stout. Quite sensational.

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Tasted Thursday 18 February 2010. 330ml bottle, 9.4% Alc/Vol

Australia

Red Duck are making a statement, intentionally or unintentionally. This beer is pushing the boundaries. We need more like it. The colour is black with an espresso crema coloured head, not huge or thick, just a nice coating, which fades quickly. It is hard to extract the complexities from it, but a little air and warmth (it was at about 4 degrees initially) reveals dark toffee, coffee and floral hops. Built like an Ox the flavours are masses of molasses/toffee (almost muscat or port like) with charcoal and roasted nut. It has plenty of body yet it slips down remarkably easily being soft, rich and warming. The beer is well balanced, the alcohol is obvious yet kept in check, complimenting rather than dominating, the beer finishing bittersweet with some nice lingering hoppiness. An excellent Australian interpretation

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