62 / 100
Pours a champagne colour, loads of cloud. Head fills up about 3/4 of the glass. Webbed and cream-coloured, and nice.
Smells fruity: orange and grapefruit with a big hint of lychee. Some spice, leaning more towards the sweet than the astringent or piquant. Touch of oxidation maybe. But not bad.
Oxidised for sure, damn. Dark fruit character with a touch of damp wood. Spice character and some resin. Slight orange tinge but what flavours were once there are no more. Such a shame.
Full body, lots of texture. Wonderful mouthfeel.
Damn, I was really looking forward to this beer too. Still quite nice, but flavours are muted.
81 / 100
Pours a very, very dark brown, just tinged round the sides. Head is ochre; settles out to a thinnish film with some decent clingy, thick lace. Pretty good-lookin' dark heavy.
Smells quite espresso-esque. Lots of roasty, almost spicy, coffee with slight sour, vegetative edge and a good, intense peppery spice that almost makes me sneeze. Sweet oak underlying as well. Not sure about its overall drinking appeal but it's intriguing and nicely complex.
Taste is intense, with big whomps of flavour throughout. Lotso roasty malts with espresso and dark oak with plenty of liceorice and pepper as well. Mild vanilla underlying, with a slight weak cocoa that also lingers past the back of the roast flavours. Full, heavy beer with the big spike of flavour on the front where it should be, and a decent lingering afterwards. Nice.
A good texture to this beer, it just glides down. Does feel a bit thin upfront, but I think that's par for the porter course, even a big one like this.
Yeah, the mild finish is a surprise, but a pleasant one, and it in fact excels to become the key selling point here.
88 / 100
Purchased for me from Slowbeer by @epiclurk, and shared with @FakeCousinAndrew, @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.
Very dark black body, with a hint of reddish transparency at the edges when held to the light. Head is pleasantly full and crackly, a deep tan colour. Minimal lacing, and the body is actually slightly lighter than I expected, but otherwise, a really good looking beer--one I want to sink my teeth into.
Lovely roasted but slightly sweet character, a lot like you get in a barrel-aged American Impy Stout. Some amount of almost seltzer acidity to it, but with very dark overtones of burned out campfires and toasted coconut. Deep but pleasant.
Taste is very roasted, but with really lovely notes of brazil nuts and almonds coming through to balance the dark characters. Gives it a leavened and sweeter, lighter note to go with the bold and brash darkness. Very refined as well.
Mouthfeel is slightly lighter than it might be, but this perhaps is the only thing that turns this from an Imperial Stout into a Baltic Porter. It's ever so slightly more supple and airy on the palate, which aids the drinkability.
Very, very good beer this one. Trois Mousquetaires continues to impress me, and this, indeed, is them at the top of their game.
Pours a pale golden urine colour with nice light white head of dense foam. There's a bright golden haze on the body and a slow but persistent carbonation. Lacing is very clingy and nice. Looks like a pleasant beer indeed.
Smells very fruity and malty. Quite a boozey aromatic strength to it, with some golden wheat character and plenty of apricot, peach and a fair vinous note as well. Slight grain husk dourness just at the back is the only hiccup, with it otherwise smelling like a nice, sweet brew.
Taste is quite malty on the front with a strong and liqueury base, but a very effervescent mouthfeel to remind me it's lagery. Fruity on the mid, with more apricot character and some marzipan bitterness. Noticeable phenols towards the back, with a slight medicinal note and a touch of nuttiness, then finishes fairly dry, with a tickle of heat from the alcohol. Nice beer, strong and sweet but with a nice refreshingly bitter finish.
A good beer to bridge the Summer/Winter divide. A bit strong to be thoroughly quenchable but more refreshing than your average big beer.
75 / 100
Pours a cloudy but very pleasant red brown colour, with a full and thick head of creamy white foam. Looks very pleasant and refined. I particularly like the colour.
Really nice nose. Some peach character, with a refined slightly musty phenolic character. Light grain notes add a little sweetness. Almost a light baked beans note to it. It's very subtle, but very pleasant.
Lovely nutty characters on the palate, with some nice sharp phenolic characters on the front. Some sharpness on the very back, which really clears out the palate very nicely. It's very well done and nicely balanced. Very refined and pleasant.
I do like altbiers, and this is a pretty good one. I love the refined, slightly subtle characters on it, and the nutty palate. It's quite pleasant.
77 / 100
Pours a weird candied orange colour, completely opaque haze to it. Head is very decent, sudsy, retaining a thin film with masses of thick lace. Can't quite get past how opaque that is. But it looks great, so don't care that much.
Smell is very malty but with a very pleasant clovey character to it as well. Lots of fruit with apricot, peach and pineapple, slight lychee on there as well and of course some banana notes lingering at the back. Standard weizen notes, only sweeter. Pretty nice.
Taste is ramped up even more. Lots of sweetness on it but a huge phenolic spice cuts through early. Lots of caramelised pears, some apricot and light banana providing some acid. Then coriander, pepper and clove notes combine to cut through, giving a slight mediciney flavour and a large boozey wham that serves to warm the cockles on the back. Almost a bourbon flavour, sweet but strong and bold. Overall, this is very refreshing, oddly enough, and the boldness of the flavour is one I definitely like and respect.
Feel has a slight carbonation sizzle but a great texture and a lot of body that manages to go down smoothly. Pretty good.
This is too strong to down, but a really nice beer is always pleasant to sip. This is one.
60 / 100
Pours a hazy brown colour, almost purple tinge to it. Head is also brown-tinged at the edge but mostly beige, with pleasant snail trails of lace around. Looks pretty damned nice.
Smells bocky. Lots of dark roasted malt giving cocoa aromas and a slight vanilla character. A fair amount of caramelised grain with pearl barley and a hint of wheat, almost sourdough actually on there. Hint of red grape skin and some peppery spice as well. Pretty pleasant.
Taste is very malty and strong. Lot of espresso bitterness on the front with thick, chewy caramel malt. Huge sour German character comes through midway, giving me raw wheat, some red wine notes and a weak vanilla bean character. Sourness is actually quite off-putting, blending with the maltiness to produce a weird aioli kind of flavour. I like aioli but not in my beer. It's not overall bad, good complexity but there's this wave of unwanted flavour in the middle that just puts me off.
Good body to it, lots of texture, sticky but ends up very smooth.
I personally couldn't drink a lot of this, it's enjoyable enough, just not really my cup of beer.
83 / 100
Lucky enough to try on tap at the Local Taphouse Moose & Mountie Spectapular.
Pours a pale gold with slight orange tinge, head is white and thin but retains with nice webs of lace around the glass. slight haze with a slow, light bead showing through. Pretty good.
Smell is very fruity at first; lots of apricot, pineapple, citric hops. Very sweet with cakey caramel malt underlying but just loads of fresh tang, a hint of bitterness with a slight funky edge. Really very nice.
Lots of malt on the front palate - cakey and sweet, descends into a fruity mid-palate with hints of mango and orange zest. Bitterness starts early with lemon rind and flax kind of flavour, giving quite a phenolic flavour with a slight barnyard funk. Hops are noticeable, fresh and a bit astringent, but they clean up the palate nicely and don't leave a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty thin but a good viscosity as it goes down, leaves with a decent dryness.
Really clean drinking, but lots of complexity to it as well. A great beer to start off a tasting session, but I could sink quite a few of these as well.
75 / 100
On tap at Sydney's Local TapHouse Canadian SpecTapular.
Pours opaque, really cloudy, looking like guava juice; a trubby golden light brown colour with a huge and frothy head of pocked creamy white. Looks genuinely awesome.
Nose is extremely weizeny, with big banana esters doubled or tripled to a confusing and confronting boozy extremity. Spice gets up my nose in a tingling tangled mess. What delicious anarchy.
Taste is big and boozy, with the layers of fresh weizen mingled with big, almost Belgian phenolic characters on the back. Finish is surprisingly clean considering the body, and the heaviness of the alcohol. Mouthfeel is almost too tingly, although I can see they're going for the leavened and lively hefe palate, but it seems out of place with this one.
Very heavy, but it's quite amazing how close they managed to get this 10% monster to a regular 5% hefe - it's as though they were trying to downplay everything except the number next to "ABV".
Still, this is a huge beer, and unsurprisingly, it takes its toll after a while.
86 / 100
On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse Canadian SpecTapular.
Lovely cloudy golden colour, with a frothy meringue-like head of white foam. Lacing is superb. Some languid bubbling makes it look extra-refined. Awesome.
Quite a fruity nose with hints of spice, a little German banana ester, and perhaps just a twinge of cellar mustiness. Almost Belgian hints to it as well, but with a lager sharpness. It's nice; not as classic as it could be, but very tasty.
But oh yes they have it on the palate. Fresh start, with some light fruit, before a light bitterness enters, mingled beautifully with those classic musty keller phenols. Oh yeah. Clean and crisp and amazingly drinkable.
This is a really great keller and a great beer all up. On the palate, it's spot-on stylistically. It's so fresh and clear - just how a really awesome lager should be, but it has masses of character as well to make it an interesting and enjoyable experience. Amazingly refreshing, and refreshingly tasty. Top drop.
80 / 100
On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse Canadian SpecTapular.
Cloudy deep "brune" colour, with a good and solid head of creamy cream bubbles. Very heavy in the glass. No visible carbonation, but the beer is rather opaque. Looks good.
Vinous characters on the nose, hints of oak matched with aromas of chocolate sauce and leavened with an odd crushed strawberry sweetness.
Taste is big, rich, sweet and exceptional. Bug syrupy chocolate notes, with sweetness gleaned from some fresher sugary dark-fruit characters. Boozy head is tempered by some lovely german ale yeast esters welling around through the back. It's long and languid - no dryness on the back.
A really lovely beer. It might just be a tad off stylistically, but if you take it as an interpretations, it's extremely interesting, flavoursome and delicious.