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Mikkeller Festival Special Edition 2009 – Stella 0 – Bottle Number 720/1300.

Review by Barney Matthews and Wilson Hede of Beer de Luxe, Federation Square, Melbourne

10.0% Alc/Vol, 1500ml bottle.

Colour – Deep amber, almost rosy

Nose – brandy-soaked currents, dried orange peel

Mouthfeel – Silky & chewy

Carbonation – moderate –medium, higher than that usually found in a barley wine.

Flavours – Big hop flavours, hop resin, cedar, big malt sweetness

Overall – A rich & complex beer with notes of dried fruit, brandy and huge hop resins.  Good mid pallet bitterness (like that of chewing on an elastic band), big malt sweetness which embraces the high alcohol content (10%).   Mouth-watering finish.  Excellent!

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Tasted 3 April 2009. 330ml bottle, 7.5% Alc/Vol.

Australia.

Due to just plain laziness I have just posted my notes in their most basic form. Good beer though.

Aroma: citrus, raisin, nuts, toffee, fruity, cashew, vanilla, grassy. Palate: Sweet, bitter, caramel, full, fresh, tart, sharp, grilled walnut, oily, warm, creamy.

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Tasted Saturday April 25 2009. 500ml bottle, 8.5% Alc/Vol.

England.

An English Strong Ale, but closer to a Barley Wine I thought. The label says it is made from “the finest Challenger and Northdown hops, Maris Otter malted barley, and of course, our unique yeast.”

Colour is copper red and clear. Aromas are of malt extract, roasted chestnuts, sultana and yeast. Very rich and sweet on the palate and the alcohol a little too obvious at the moment, this will probably settle with time, with, dried tropical fruits, butterscotch, yeast and roasted, nutty sweet malt. Hops are mild and build toward the end leaving a pleasing bitterness and lingering sweetness at the end. A very good beer and it will improve with some years cellaring.

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Tasted Friday April 24. 640ml Bottle, 7.9% Alc/Vol.

Australia

With 60 IBU’s this is no slouch in the bitterness department. Packed with Australian hops (Galaxy and Super Pride), and American (Simcoe and Sterling). The malt part contains Munich and carapil malts. Highly polished copper red in colour, with a bubbly, creamy fast dissipating head leaving a small lacing through the rest of the glass.

The style of beer is supposedly a blend of an IPA and Barley Wine. Intense hoppy flavours combined with rich, sweet malt character and high alcohol suggests this is the case. The palate is rich, sweet and full, but surprisingly light-footed. There is a freshness and acid content that prevents this beer from becoming cloying. Fruit esters (burnt orange), boiled toffee and a sharp citrus tang (orange or lemon zest?), malt, and intense lingering bitterness.

There is alcohol warmth but it’s not spirity. I like this beer and it will it will age. How long? Maybe 2-4 years.

The first aroma experienced with this impressive ale, is that of pineapple, followed with a strong array of other tropical fruit esters mixed with a strong but sweet aroma of hops. There was also a hint of yeast lingering in the glass.

With a deep red, yet clear copper colour this ale has nearly perfect head retention of a creamy ivory colour. There seemed to be near perfect lacing upon the walls of the carafes it was served in.

It appears that multiple varieties of fresh hops have been used in this brew, providing a uniquely strong bitter flavour, that is well complemented by the alcohol. The strong hop flavours are quickly drowned out by a strong malt flavoured after taste.

There wasn’t a lot of carbonation in this beer which was surprising given its head retention, however, this mild carbonation seems to have allowed for a smoother medium bodied beer.

After consuming this beer I was quite surprised at the lack of sediment present in the carafes, which one would typically associate with a beer of this calibre.

Overall I was quite impressed with this ale and would quite happily consume it on a daily basis given half the chance.

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