Otway Estate Winery & Brewery
from Australia
309th highest rated brewery (of 635)
Highest RatedOtway Organic Blueberry Hefeweizen (75 / 100) Average score51 / 100 (OK)
Lowest RatedEvening Charm Lemongrass Saison (8 / 100) Number Tried48
Faulty Towers Basil IPA
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 19.07.16 on tap
Overall:
68 / 100
(Solid)
On tap at GABS 2016.

Pours a golden colour with slight haze, large bubbly head, cream-coloured. Bit of retention. Looks alright, not amazing though.

Smells herbal, but fruity. Loads of passionfruit flavour, but a good complement with the basil aroma which is also very big. Actually very pleasant.

Taste is similarly fruity, with herbal hints around the fringes. Apple and mango abound late-mid, with some more subtle basil notes towards the back. Nicely constructed and finishes with a light spice note which is also quite pleasant. Quite good.

Body is a little thin, with not a whole lot of texture to it. Alright.

Not a bad drop at all. I quite like it.
appearance: 3.75 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5
Evening Charm Lemongrass Saison
Reviewed by Jez on 12.07.15 on tap
Overall:
8 / 100
(Bottom of the Barrel)
Tried on-tap at GABS 2015 in Melbourne.

Very, very pale in the glass, with heavy hazing in a fluid, but solid body. Head is white and forms a lovely thick crest that leaves wonderful sheeting lace. Carbonation is very fine, and looks especially good when tilted. Unfortunately, that's about the last nice thing one can say about this beer.

Nose is immediately attacked by rubbery, burnt, chlorophenolly nastiness, actually amplified to some degree by the presence of the lemongrass. It's really quite awful, although being able to perceive the lemongrass is at least something of a boon. But I just can't get over that burnt plastic note. Nasty.

Flavour is just as bad. Chlorine, band-aids, rubbery, plasticky, bitter and medicinal. There's really nothing going for this.

A write-off. This was a dreadful beer, and easily my least favourite of the festival. If I'd brewed this and tasted it coming off tap like this, I would have scratched it without a moment's hesitation. Nasty stuff.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 1.25 | taste: 1.0 | feel: 2.0 | drinkability: 1.0
Evening Charm Lemongrass Saison
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 05.06.15 on tap
Overall:
22 / 100
(Awful)
Very, very pale colour. Almost white. Just a touch of cloud that probably has more colour than the body. Foamy white head. Too pale but otherwise quite nice.

Smells off. Not barnyard off, but like rubber and chlorophenols. No lemongrass at all. No anything apart from industrial waste. Ech.

Ech, worse on the palate. I was willing to give this the benefit of any doubt but it's just rubbery, plasticky, gak-like. Masses of chlorophenol. Tastes like the Olida beer, only worse because I didn't make it, and because this is a profesionally-brewed beer on showcase at a big festival. There's no saison and definitely no lemongrass here.

Thin body, flat, yeah goes down nicely provided you can suppress your gag reflex.

Tastes off. Too much in weird saison spectrum. I just think there are flaws here that detract from what might have been OK.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 2.0 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 2.0
Prickly Moses Black Stallion
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 03.12.13 on tap
Overall:
51 / 100
(OK)
Pours a brown colour with beige foamy ring of lace around the top. Head looked like it was nice but didn't stick around long enough for me to form a proper impression. Not bad.

Smells bready, yeasty for the most part. Not much roast and definitely not a lot of oak which I expected. Touch of licorice adds the only high point and there's a touch of banana. Quite meh.

Lots of spice on the palate. Malt takes on a largely caramel note, with black pepper, cinnamon and more of that licorice. Yeah, decent spice but none of the oak promised, also tastes quite light for a stout. Quite bland, ultimately.

Body is quite good as far as it goes, but mostly pedestrian for the style and size.

Quite disappointed with this, it's very mediocre for what it is. Not bad overall, but underwhelming.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 2.5 | taste: 3.0 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.25
Prickly Moses Black Stallion
Reviewed by Jez on 19.10.13 on tap
Overall:
25 / 100
(Nasty)
Supposedly a barrel-aged imperial stout: if it is then it's by far and away the worst I've ever had. Tried on-tap at the GABS festival in Melbourne 2013. Taken from a long-forgotten review several months ago.

Pours a deep, but clear brown colour. Really. Brown. Body is exceedingly light and the head only forms a filmy ring. Really it looks pretty insipid from the start.

Banana is immediately noticeable on the nose with some unpleasant overtones of cigars and vegemite. Despite this, it's really very weak: there's a little roast that comes through but the overall impression is one of wateriness. Very unimpressed.

Light and booze entry on the palate leads to a little more insipid roast which is gone before the central part of the palate even takes hold. Here we just have a weakness like dry cereal with a grainy hint and some vinous overtones. By the back it's dead and cold, with just a hint of clinging roast. Woeful.

Feel is incredibly weak for an Imperial Stout, even a fairly low-ABV one as this is.

Seriously, this was pretty dreadful. This is nowhere near an imperial stout, and even on it's own it's a mess. Actually, "mess" might give it too much credit, there's just not enough here to even get messy. It's just weak and exceptionally dull.

appearance: 3.25 | aroma: 2.0 | taste: 2.0 | feel: 1.5 | drinkability: 2.0
Prickly Moses The Raconteur IPA
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 20.05.13 on tap
Overall:
73 / 100
(Very Good)
Pours a burnished amber with steady bead. Fluffy head, nice retention. Looks great.

Smells musky and marshmallowy. Apple hints, peach and lychee with lemon sherbet on the back. Sweet, floral but also dry. Quite a pleasant one.

Taste is quite hoppy as well. Lots of passionfruit notes with sherbet, musk, lychee and citrus as well. Not much malt on there, just a light floral rosewater note upfront then finish is all hops, nice and complex and finishes with a pleasant citric bitterness, and a touch of pine. Very nice; I like a lot.

Bit sizzly, too much hop pull. Some more malt would really be appreciated here, just to add body.

Nice drinkable drop, lots of flavour but doesn't quite reach that flavour maximum threshold. Goes close, but doesn't make it. In some ways this is a bad thing, but it also levels it out at a drinkable level.
appearance: 4.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 3.0 | drinkability: 4.0
Prickly Moses Otway ChainSAW
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 22.12.12 on tap
Overall:
55 / 100
(OK)
Pours a straw colour, lots of haze that makes it almost opaque. White, foamy head, sticks around nicely. Good-looking wheat beer.

Spicy and slightly phenolic on the nose, with hints of green apple and maybe a touch of POR from somewhere? OK, but nothing special.

Simple palate again, slightly dry and slightly spicy. Not a lot of hops, but a bit of spice. OK.

Bitty texture, quite dry. Decent.

Not a bad wheat beer, but I kind of expected more. Prickly Moses can be quite hit and miss, and this has elements of both. It looks great but doesn't really deliver much beyond subdued, typical wheat beer notes.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.0 | taste: 3.0 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5
Prickly Moses Otway ChainSAW
Reviewed by Jez on 27.05.12 on tap
Overall:
41 / 100
(Not Great)
On-tap at GABS. This is a pale wheat ale brewed with Australian Stella hops and lemon rinds.

Pours a pale lemon yellow hue, with a light body riddled with thick haze. Fine ring of white foam forms the head. No visible carbonation. Looks decent enough, if not terribly exciting.

Nose is earthy and gritty, with yeast characters coming through and a sweetness which melds with the lemon rinds to give a lemon butter sort of character. Eh.

Earthy, gritty entry on the palate again, with a character which is almost reminiscent of Pride of Ringwood, except that I know otherwise. Finish is pleasantly clean at least, but it's very light all over, throughout the palate and in the feel.

I mean, it's drinkable enough. It's just really quite boring.

appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | drinkability: 3.0
Otway Wild Hop Organic Ale
Reviewed by Jez on 07.06.11 on tap
Overall:
63 / 100
(Solid)
Brewed with fresh wild hops picked on the Otway Ranges, brewed with English malts. Tried on-tap at the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst.

Pours a slightly hazy golden colour. Head is fine-bubbled and pure white in colour, although a little too foamy and carbonated. Light bodied. Doesn't look too bad.

Bit of honeydew melon on the nose, with a touch of light floral honey. Touch of fresh greenery (perhaps the vines they added along with the hop cones are making a contribution). Only lightly hopped, but not bad.

Taste is light witha bit of the backbone coming through, giving slight bready characters. Hops are pleasant giving fresh characters of melon, cut greens, maybe even a little watery cucumber. Light, and crisp, and rather tame.

Not a bad brew, but not a huge one. I like people experimenting with wild hop varieties, and I do like the freshness you get from green/wet/fresh hopped beers, but they tend to end up a little bland, and this is blander than most.

Not baf, better tgan much otway anf nore interesting. 3.5

appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5
Otway Organic Blueberry Hefeweizen
Reviewed by Jez on 27.02.11 in bottle
Overall:
69 / 100
(Very Good)
On tap at the Local Taphouse's GABS festival.

Pours a cloudy pale white; very light, almost like a witbier. Fine collar of foam, but not much retention in the head. Sudsy lacing, light in a body. Looks ok.

Big artificial blueberry candy character on the nose. Sout, sharp, and fruity, with some weird slightly smoky grain overtones, or maybe phenols and esters from the yeast. Really interesting.

Taste almost works. Fruity and fresh blueberry notes on the front, along with bubblegum from the wheat and yeast mixes into some kind of candy wonderland. Finish brings a bit of yeast and light astringency, which is the only drawback. Feel is smooth and clear.

Actually ends up being a pretty good beer. Easy drinking, with some very interesting characters. I'm always a bit unimpressed with Otway's beers, but they've come up with something interesting here.

appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.0
Otway Organic Blueberry Hefeweizen
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 17.02.11 on tap
Overall:
75 / 100
(Excellent)
Pours a cloudy opaque pale straw with a slight pinkish tinge. Some whispy head on the top and a decent ring of foamy lace left behind around the outside. Looks slightly odd, but not bad at all.

Smells very sweet and tangy, almost candy-esque, with a big fruitiness, actually lots of raspberry on there but a good touch of blueberry as well. Maybe even some pineapple? It's all fruity and tangy, anyway, and really quite nice.

Big fruit hit on the assault, lots of blueberry with a fruit skin sweet/bitter mixture as it travels to the mid. Slight grain note on the mid with a touch of wheat and yeah, fresh blueberry flavour, slight tartness with a mild banana ester from the weizen yeast. Fruity, tangy, refreshing. Interesting and well-infused palate to create all the right odd notes here and there.

Full body with a fair amount of texture, yeah nice and suits the flavour very well.

I hesitate to be unnecessarily critical, but this is a big surprise from Otway. I have grown not to expect anything decent from them and this is an odd one, but it works. Really nicely constructed beer, good job.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.0
Prickly Moses Reserve De Otway
Reviewed by Jez on 15.01.11 in bottle
Overall:
68 / 100
(Solid)

Cheers to @LaitueGonflable for the Xmas present.

Pours a slightly hazed amber red colour, with a fine and filmy head of off-white. Lacing is pretty good, and the body is reasonably heavy, leaving some carbonation swirling in the glass. Looks pretty decent.

Nose is a bit organic and funky, with a medicinal or chlorine character coming through as well. Quite light on - not a great deal of character apart from those sharp belts, but it's pleasant enough.

Taste is thin, but pleasantly smooth, with some lightly roasted malt characters coming through. Almost no acidity, although there are some soft bitter phenols on the back which do evoke a slight Bière de Garde accent. Mostly light and smooth, and relatively easy drinking.

A decent brew. Nothing exciting, but Otway is still yet to come up with anything that really excited me. But this is a decently crafted beer, with pleasant smoothness and surprisingly drinkable.

appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.0
Prickly Moses Otway Stout
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 22.09.10 in bottle
Overall:
44 / 100
(Not Great)
Pours a chocolatey brown colour with very pale beige head that doesn't stick around. Lace is pretty nice and sticky; if there were more head this would look great.

Smell is very sweet. Lots of palm sugar and some milky chocolate notes. Yeah, quite chocolatey overall but in a fairly unpleasant sweet way. Have sniffed better things.

Taste is quite dark and sour, a strong bitter coffee-style hit with some odd fruit and vegetative characters around the edges. Yeah, it sort of has some mild roasty notes, but it's all thin and underwhelming, and doesn't quite carry the roastiness enough, just lacks some body so the roastiness is just weak, sour and a bit insipid. Not bad, but lacking in body and just flat drinking.

The thinness makes it fairly easy to drink, but certainly not a particularly impressive drop of beer.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | drinkability: 3.5
Prickly Moses Otway Stout
Reviewed by Jez on 14.09.10 in bottle
Overall:
41 / 100
(Not Great)

Pours a muddy looking brown, with a very filmy head that leaves a slight sheen across the surface, and a collar of fine-bubbled beige. Some lacing, but not a lot. Looks rather thin.

Very sweet on the nose - big notes of honeycomb, heavily floral raw honey and some dark chocolate twinges. Almost too sweet overall, but it certainly has a robust flavour.

Wow, despite the sweetness on the nose, there's almost nothing on the palate. It's immediately extremely thin and almost devoid of character. Watery on the front, with a slight dark grain character on the back of the palate. Really, nothing. I'm extremely surprised, and I'm very disappointed.

I wasn't overly enthused by the prospect of the honey-sweetness on the nose, but at least if it had have been there, it would have had something on the palate. As it is, it ends up very mediocre indeed.

appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 2.0 | feel: 2.0 | drinkability: 2.5
Otway Organic Lager
Reviewed by Jez on 28.08.10 on tap
Overall:
50 / 100
(OK)

On-tap at Harts Pub, was served to me blind by @laituegonflable.

Pours a very clear pale straw colour, with only minimal head. What's there is a fine white foam that only adheres slightly to the edge of the glass to create some lacing. Steady carb. Pretty average.

Lots of floral honey on the nose, almost to the detriment of everything else. Flowery and sweet, almost cloying. Not a fan, I'm afraid.

Light grainy palate, again with more honey characters to add some craziness. Taste of something green (lucerne) to stick with the graininess on the back, finishes with a slight seltzer bitterness. Mouthfeel very watery.

It really has some issues in terms of flavour - it's not a particularly enjoyable beer, even if it's light enough that it's not that hard to drink.

appearance: 3.0 | aroma: 3.0 | taste: 3.0 | feel: 2.5 | drinkability: 3.5
Prickly Moses Otway Light
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 16.06.10 in bottle
Overall:
28 / 100
(Nasty)
Pours a slightly pink-tinged golden colour. Head is non-existent, lace is not much better - slight haze in the beer, carbonation is pretty much also non-existent. Looks flat and boring. In other words, bad.

Nose is quite sweet and grainy. Slight lemon zest aroma but sweet, so it comes across like an artificial lemon ester. Yeah, reasonable grain, barley and some puffed rice dominate. Not exciting, and too sweet but decent for a light beer.

Taste is... well, fairly bad. Mostly grainy on the front, lots of malt extract with some pearl barley, corn notes and that slight lemon flavour. Gets dry and grassy on the back with a slight acerbic soda flavour as well, alkaline on the mid then a bit watery on the finish with trace elements of POR. Underwhelming but not too offensive. I don't much like bland lagers - there, I've said it.

Very dry feel, sizzly and a bit prickly - in spite of flat appearance. Not good, doesn't have enough body to make it enjoyable.

Yeah look it's inoffensive enough to slam down at the footy, but not good enough for me to say it's good in any way. I know it wasn't created to be tasted and enjoyed by connoisseurs but your average designated driver isn't going to bother reviewing so you've got to prepare for harsh reviews. Otherwise why bother with a low-alcohol beer?
appearance: 1.5 | aroma: 2.5 | taste: 2.0 | feel: 1.5 | drinkability: 2.5
Prickly Moses Otway Light
Reviewed by Jez on 11.06.10 in bottle
Overall:
39 / 100
(Not Great)

Pours a pale golden colour, a little deeper orange in the thicker bits, with a very poor filmy ring of foam around the edges. Not great. Froths up a bit when it's swirled, but it's not a particularly good look all up.

Nose is a little bit grainy, with a light yeast funk, and a slight phenol mustiness. Even a slight hint of sourness around the edges as well. There are things to appreciate, but it's not an overly exciting nose overall.

Lots of grain bag husk character on the palate. A hint of yeast rankness. Very organic, but with little funk or earthiness that would give it the crisp and vivacious character of, say, a Saison. It feels a little thin and wayward.

Overall, I'm not a huge fan. It doesn't have the complexity or depth of flavour to be really interesting, and what it has is not all that pleasant.

appearance: 2.0 | aroma: 3.0 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | drinkability: 3.0
Prickly Moses Summer Ale
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 23.04.10 in bottle
Overall:
48 / 100
(Not Great)
Pours a cloudy golden colour with a slight orange tinge. Head is modest, white and sparsely bubbled, sinks quickly but a quick swish revives it. Lacing is alright but pretty uneventful. Average-looking.

Nose is quite tangy and sour, with quite a vinous tinge to it. Green apple crispness and a chardonnay twang dominate, with white grape skin overtones and a hint of oak. Smells fairly refreshing but lacks gravitas and complexity. I think most of the smells here are just by-products from fermentation. If I were a wanker, and indeed I are, I'd say this smell lacks soul.

Taste starts off kind of sour - not tart or crisp - with a funny woody, resiny kind of flavour, a hint of vinegar early on, then gets quite bready and grainy, with a raw dough flavour, nutty edge of almonds, and then pretty much falls flat on the finish. A slight lingering underripe grape sensation and a mild citric character, with a hint of grassy hops. A bit tart, quite yeasty, reasonably unimpressive flavour.

Feel is a little bit thick, then a distinct dryness on the finish reminds you of its green character long after the flavour has stopped. Not bad texture really, the mouthfeel has the most 'heart' of any of its reviewable components.

For all that's wrong with this it's mild and inoffensive. Not a great beer by a long stretch but could certainly fit the bill of a thirst-quencher after mowing the lawn.
appearance: 3.0 | aroma: 3.0 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5
Prickly Moses Summer Ale
Reviewed by Jez on 21.04.10 in bottle
Overall:
46 / 100
(Not Great)

Pours a slightly hazy yellow colour, with a fine, but not massive head of white foam. Lacing is a little sudsy, but doesn't retain on the sides of the glass. Looks reasonable, but for the style, I'd expect more sediment, and a brighter colour.

Some sudsy lemon and crushed herb aroma on the nose, with a hint of acerbic bitterness. Not great in absolute terms, and not particularly interesting or true to style.

Strong yeast component to the palate, which is otherwise very dry and rather devoid of character. And hint of spice on the front, along with a slight carbonic acidity, but the big yeast notes take the fore later in the picture, leaving it rather an unpleasant package all up. Mouthfeel is crisp with some roundness.

Drinkable enough, but not particularly interesting. Has some good notes and some bad notes, but all up the package is pretty lacklustre. Not a huge fan.

appearance: 3.0 | aroma: 3.0 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.0
Prickly Moses Wheat Beer
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 25.03.10 in bottle
Overall:
45 / 100
(Not Great)
Pours a bright, almost sickly yellow colour, very opaque, with modest white head - meek would probably be a better word - that sinks to a thin film with visible bubbles. Lace is thin, but okay. Looks interesting and witty enough, but not very.

Nose is quite sour, with lots of citrus notes and alot of vinous tannins, green grape skin hints and oak character. Not a lot of spice, just a green kind of nose, not very piquant. Average, lacking in stylistic appropriateness.

Taste is quite weak, mostly sourness with sweet hints of green apple, grape skin again and a slight banana character on the front, slight spice like cumin or paprika on the mid, then a more full sour flavour, a kind of sweet semillon character towards the back. Still a bit tart overall, yeah a bit of an underwhelming weak sourness, like a watered-down wit.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but with body as it goes down. Feels kind of like juice.

An underwhelming beer, not offensive, standard wit characters with nothing leaping out of the glass.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.0 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.0 | drinkability: 3.0
Prickly Moses Wheat Beer
Reviewed by Jez on 24.03.10 in bottle
Overall:
53 / 100
(OK)

Pours a very cloudy light yellow colour. Very much the colour of cloudy apple juice. Head is filmy but fine, and pure if somewhat dull white coloured. Lots of fine carbonation. Extremely cloudy. Looks pretty good for a wit.

Spicy, wheaty nose lots of pepper and a bit of clove. Really quite piquant, and very fresh. I'm a big fan of spice in my wits, and this does a very robust job.

Smooth on the palate, with a silky mouthfeel. It's noticeable from the first sip. Unfortunately, the rest of the palate doesn't have a great amount to offer. It's quite thin, little lift from the spice present on the nose. It feels very minimal. Drinkable enough for what it is, but I really wanted more.

The palate really lets this down - a wit can afford to be somewhat lighter in flavour, but this is minimal at best. Even just a little more lift would vastly improve it. Otherwise, it's quaffable and drinkable, and the appearance and nose are good. But it's certainly lacking.

appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 2.0 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5
Prickly Moses Red Ale
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 18.03.10 in bottle
Overall:
43 / 100
(Not Great)
Bought as part of a mixed sixer from the brewery.

Pours an earthy red-brown colour with slightly off-white head. Small and not very retentive, forming a visible-bubble crown. Body is slightly hazy, with no carbonation. Lacing is decent but not very sticky. Fairly average - I'd like more head. Plus I'm just mistrustful of beers of this style that aren't nitro-pressurised.

Nose is fairly rich and malty but also largely sour. Fair amount of burnt toffee with a lot of wood - fresh-cut oak and eucalypt wood lends it the sour edge, basically a bit rich and a bit green. A bit lacking, too - nothing special.

Taste does seem to have a fair conglomeration of different malt flavours without a huge deal of flavour. Nutty characters with bready grain, some oak wood and slight smokiness. Finish is a bit of sour funk, with a slight vinegar edge and mild green vegetable bitterness, but yeah there's really not a lot to this beer. A fair malt backbone, little finish, only a slight rise in the middle.

Mouthfeel is decent, feels foamy in the mouth and goes down well enough.

This would be light and drinkable but it's just not interesting enough. Has the flavours of a Kilkenny, but less smooth and far more bland. I need something more interesting for it to be 'drinkable'.
appearance: 3.0 | aroma: 3.0 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 2.5
Prickly Moses Red Ale
Reviewed by Jez on 17.03.10 in bottle
Overall:
50 / 100
(OK)

Pours a reddish amber colour, with a filmy but reasonably thick head of creamy white foam. Lacing isn't great, and it swishes around the glass looking a little limp. Can't say it's the greatest look I've seen in a beer, but it's not too bad either.

Odd, slightly cloying aroma on the nose - a little like jasmine tea. hints of resin, a little spearmint perhaps, vanilla and something slightly peppery. Even something a little fishy. It's very odd indeed, although it's all quite subtle.

Taste is again rather odd. Rather thin in the mouth, with a light crushed vegetation character, falling before a subtle but noticeable phenolic bitterness. Certainly lacks sweetness, although the phenols impart a slight vanilla note on the back. It's odd, let's put it that way, although it's not particularly unpleasant.

It's drinkable, and unusual, but not particularly interesting, and stylistically really quite abysmal. I have to say my enjoyment of this comes from its uniqueness rather than anything intrinsic to the beer. Not something I'd necessarily seek out again.

appearance: 3.0 | aroma: 3.0 | taste: 3.0 | feel: 3.0 | drinkability: 3.0
Prickly Moses Saison 2008
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 02.12.09 on tap
Overall:
69 / 100
(Very Good)
Had on tap at the brewery.

Golden colour, small white bubbly head, sinks slowly and leaves small specks of lace. Some carbonation, but why can I see it? Too clear! Really doesn't look like a saison. Are they filtering it into these kegs?

Nose is a lot better. Lots of tang and a bit of barnyard dirty funk. Lots of leather with a mandarin aroma as well, some grapefruity and a slightly salty edge. Some grain on there, but yeah, much funk. Pretty nice, really.

Taste is very Saisony. Tangy at first, with a hint of pineapple and gooseberry, then very funky with a healthy hit of barnyard flavour - soil and the sensation you get when walking through a camel enclosure. Hint of sherbet as well, and some sour vinous notes towards the back. Good, interesting palate. Nice refreshing tang and good complex profile.

Mouthfeel another letdown, I think possibly a side-effect of the lack of haze - for whatever reason that is, a bit thin, just lacks the chewiness I expect from a saison.

Good drinking overall though. If it had the murky sediment I expected this could have been something, Charlie. It could have been a contender.
appearance: 2.0 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 2.5 | drinkability: 4.0
Prickly Moses Farmhouse Ale
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 02.12.09 on tap
Overall:
53 / 100
(OK)
Had on tap at the brewery.

Clear (!) and I don't know why, golden appearance, with slow bubbling. Minimal white head that leaves some decent lacing as it sinks slowly. Lace is nice, but for a farmhouse ale I don't know why there's no haze in the brew.

Nose is very grassy, incredibly so in fact, with a very large lucerne aroma and some light hints of bread. Light and organic, but simple and underwhelming for the senses.

Taste is slightly watery at the front, then gets a bit sweet and malty unexpectedly, with a hint of brown sugar on the mid. Slight vinous edge with a mild rubber or leather character providing the only typical farmhouse ale character. Enough to save it, but it still lags behind as a mediocre offering for the style.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but has a bit of body as it goes down. Actually not badly suited to the flavour.

Drinks OK, but I maintain it's not a great farmhouse ale. Actually find it a bit lacking on tap.
appearance: 2.5 | aroma: 3.0 | taste: 3.0 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5
Otway Organic Lager
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 02.12.09 in bottle
Overall:
57 / 100
(Decent)
Pours a pale amber with generous white head and furious streaming bead feeding it from below, leading to some very impressive retention. In fact, this might seem absurd, but I'd swear the head is growing thicker as time goes one, that's how intense and persistent this carbonation stream is. It's a very impressive effect and overall looks good, but I don't think that level of carbonation bodes too well for drinking.

Nose is standard lagery in essence, with a healthy grassy hop aroma and some grainy malt characters. Quite pilsenery actually, with a bit of a metallic edge. Smells quite crisp, but no really unique or interesting characteristics.

Taste is fairly bitter for the most part, a little flavour of bitter melon thanks to a fruity ester or two on the front, pleasant hop freshness on the mid with light phenols and a bit of an English hop bitterness - that tea-like acerbic character. Finishes quite metallic and leaves an unfortunate astringency on the back, with the flavour of a rotten grape. There are some nice fresh grassy and fruity flavours detectable on the mid-palate but they're pretty much swallowed up by some over-potent hopping. Not a bad job, but the astringency is a bit disappointing.

Mouthfeel has a fair fullness, a bit of a body to it with obvious malt presence, luckily the aggressive fizz doesn't carry across too badly to the texture. Leaves slightly dry, but certainly decent.

Quite enjoying this actually, it would make a good thirst-quenching drop in Summer. The astringency may detract from the flavour, but not enough to ruin the overall experience.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.0 | taste: 3.0 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4.0
Prickly Moses Oktoberfest Lager
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 01.12.09 on tap
Overall:
61 / 100
(Decent)
Had on tap at the brewery.

Pours a golden amber colour with a nice dense head, cream-coloured with good retention. Leaves some nice sticky lace, slow carbonation through the beer. Nice.

Nose is a bit malty with a nutty edge, almost taking on a bread yeast character. Hints of pine nuts and raw grain. Not bad, but pretty standard; simple.

Taste starts out slightly zesty with a citrus edge, a hint of tomato in there, very light. Hops come in early with a bit of a piney flavour, but mostly phenolic with a distinctly ashy bitterness. Pretty clean for the most part though, the bitterness is reminiscent of soil and does have a gritty character, but it clips itself off nicely at the end, leaving little bitter residue.

Feels fairly full, maybe even a bit too sticky, nice and smooth and well-textured otherwise though.

Clean drinking German-style lager.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.0 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5
Prickly Moses Reserve De Otway
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 30.11.09 in bottle
Overall:
63 / 100
(Solid)
Had at the estate.

Poured a nice bronze colour with small beige head, okay retention but minimal lace left behind. Body is clear, not much bead. Nice colour, the rest is pretty bland, and not very biere de gardey.

Nose is quite vinous with a nice Belgian twang to it. Fair amount of malt though and a bit of a fruity aroma, hints of pineapple and orange. Very light rubbery funk right at the back. A bit subdued, but has most of the right fragrances.

Taste is rich and actually quite chocolatey, rich with a liqueur kind of character. Hints of berry and red grape skins and some buttery malt. Slight funk on the back together with some boozey warmth that just provides a light kick at the end. The palate feels like it takes a while to get going, but once the flavours kick in they're quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel, though, is disappointingely thin. Definitely lacking a bit, it feels flat and dull except for the nice kick on the back. No real texture to it.

Overall is a pleasant drop though, with good flavour. Goes down pretty nicely.
appearance: 2.5 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 2.0 | drinkability: 3.5
Prickly Moses Farmhouse Ale
Reviewed by Jez on 14.09.09 in bottle
Overall:
59 / 100
(Decent)

Nice 750ml capped bottle, shared with laituegonflable.

Pours a deep amber colour, slightly cloudy with a decent, if slightly small head of white foam. Lacing is good, and the head looks quite creamy, it has to be said. The colour's too dark for a Saison to my mind, and it looks a bit still in the glass, otherwise, not too bad.

Light resin and pine on the nose, with a note of oak and a little crushed vegetation. Hint of bready yeast, but very little funk or acidity. It's not a great nose, and it's certainly far from a saison. I can't say I'm overly enamoured of it.

Taste is a little better, with a clean fresh character and a very faint note of tartness. Some coppery bitterness on the back, and just a whiff of alcohol. Body is thin, not too bad a character in a saison, although the thin body and the heat don't mesh well.

I can't say I'm overly enamored of this. It's neither a particularly interesting nor a particularly true to style saison. While there's things to enjoy in it, they just seem so out of kilter with what one expects in the style. Not impressed overall.

appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.0 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.0 | drinkability: 3.5
Prickly Moses Otway Ale
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 26.12.08 in bottle
Overall:
44 / 100
(Not Great)
Found this brew to my great, pleasant surprise and shock in a haunted little hotel in Camperdown, a town renowned by me for having three pubs with a choice of two on-tap beers - Carlton Draught or Carlton Sterling.

This pours with a very fine head, fed by a good steady bead. Reminiscent of Coopers Sparkling, with a similarly golden-brown colour and sediment cloud. Decent-looking beer.

Lots of hops on the nose with lots of freshly cut grass aromas, very Summery. Maybe the slightest hint of pouring cream, but probably not, at the least it's overpowered by the hops. Not bad.

Taste is very country style - lots of hops, full bodied and a bit of soil flavour. Slightly metallic edge to the middle of the palate. Otherwise, quite lacking in character. There's no layers to the palate, just a one-note flavour. Having said that, there's quite a lot of flavour, hoppiness and a nice bitter finish but the texture is rough, and there's little in the way of complexity. Drinkability suffers as a result.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.0 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | drinkability: 3.0