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Tasted Saturday 28 November 2009. 500ml botlle, 5.3% Alc/Vol.

Australia

While this beer isn’t pushing the envelope it is a massive improvement on the Pale Lager. An unusual old style of brewing was used in the production of this beer with hot wood fired stones being added to the kettle to caramalise the brew.

It pours a deep amber colour with a creamy off-white head with good retention. There is malty, toffee, nutty and citrus zest aromas. The palate is richly flavoured and soft but a bit light through the middle palate. It is quite malty yet not too sweet, with balanced carbonation. Caramel and roasted nuts and dried fruit are there too and it finishes dry, somewhat short, with very subtle hop bitterness.

A very good session beer.

Check out the video here of the hot stone method.

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Tasted 19 August 2009. 500ml bottle, 4.5%Alc/Vol

Wales

Brains - The Rev JamesIf you are after a beer that you don’t need to think about while you are drinking, this is one of them. The beer is quite straightforward, inoffensive and very easy drinking…..yet strangely pleasing.

Not much on the nose….a slight nutty, raisiny aroma and subtle grassy hops. While reasonably deep ruby red in colour the palate wasn’t as full as I would have expected. Mild and smooth maltiness, subtle toasty biscuit character with an earthy grassy hoppiness. It is short on the finish and fairly unexciting, but it is nice and does go down easily.

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Tasted Thursday 18 June 2009. 330ml bottle, 6.0% Alc/Vol.

Denmark

Mikkeller - Jackie Brown - 330mlI really like this beer and being a bit of a hop fiend helps. It is a Brown Ale dedicated (or so the Mikkeller website says) to the Jackie Brown character of the Quentin Tarantino movie of the same name.
Dark reddish-brown in colour with a nice dense fluffy head that hangs around. The aromas are hop dominated with some roasted nutty and malty characters underneath. The carbonation comes on strong initially but balances out straight away. Again the hops are come on strong but it has a fantastic full malty, toasty, nutty palate. Some charry notes too and a long persistent bitterness on the finish.
Top stuff. Drink around 8-10 degrees.

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