43 / 100
Brewed for the GABS festival 2013 in Melbourne. Having visited the brewery two years ago was looking forward to trying another of theirs.
Pours a dark-brown colour, the colour of porters, with foamy beige head, sticks around nicely. Pretty nice-looking porter.
Smell's a bit lacking, quite simple. Touch of cocoa and some sourdough bread graininess, with a slight touch of cinnamon. Really need to sniff around a lot just to get a bit of aroma. Pretty meh.
Taste is overly sweet, and quite insipid. Malty notes upfront with a touch of cocoa-infused puffed rice. Note of caramel on the midway that isn't quite strong enough so it ends up more like carob, and finish is bready while remaining sweet. Not hugely unpleasant but definitely unimpressive.
Thin body, slight carbonation. Not too bad.
Needs more roast even to make it to porter standards. Sweet and insipid, mostly.
Had on tap at the brewery 17/08/11.
Pours a pale saffron colour with light bead through thick haze. Head is white, tightly packed, decent retention. Good.
Tangy hefe aroma with a touch of meek citric orange, banana and some crisp green apple. Mild green pepper and cardamom spice; decent hefe, could be bigger.
Taste is tangy and a bit tart, at times verging on mildly astringent. Lots of banana hefe characters with tart green apple, slight capsicum character and finishes with a distinct lemony ester. Dry on the back with light phenols and a touch of hay as well. Not bad really, could use more spice or malt, because it's all just tart, but crisp and refreshing enough.
Quite bitey feel with a very dry pull from the yeast. Style-appropriate but I don't love it.
Decent hefe flavours, but just a bit empty overall, it lacks the warmth.
Pours a rich amber colour; certainly not dunkel. Head is white, pleasant distributed with small lace. Looks like an OK beer, but a weak dunkel with the wrong grain bill.
Smell is quite sweet, with brown sugar and notes of berry compote, cherry and slight milk chocolate on the back. Decent.
Taste is grainy and fairly mild. Malty throughout with hints of golden syrup and brown sugar. Slightly toasted cereal towards the back, but there's not much complexity. More roasty notes would really keep me interested, although it's a nice mellow palate overall.
Thin, unmoving texture. Pretty meh.
Everything wrong with this beer comes down to a deficiency of darker chocolatey malts. Fix that and you've got yourself a pretty decent beer here.
Pours a dark murky red colour, with lovely dense beige head. Retains a thin crown with great sticky lace. Looks fantastic.
Dark, but also pretty sour on the nose. Plummy fruit with black cherry gives a dark, slightly sour character. Not much else; for 7.8% I expected more maltiness.
Taste has more in the way of malt. Mostly toasty with a charcoaly touch, hint of wood smoke on front. Develops fruity notes on mid with black cherry and slight pomegranate tang before finishing with slight espresso bitterness. Really could have been sweet, it feels overattenuated so the flavours are ultimately a bit muted.
Full, decent texture, but again I wouldn't complain if it were thicker and stickier.
Not a bad beer, but it just leaves me wanting more. Doppelbock is licence to go big, bold and Gothic.
75 / 100
Pours a bronzey colour with steady bead heading up towards white head, cloudy with small tight bubbles and non-sticky lace. Pretty good alt.
Smells very pleasant. Brown sugary malt with a touch of molasses and chocolate is lifted by enjoyable German hops giving lemongrass and peppermint, for a nice sweet, tangy and herbal aroma. Great stuff.
Taste is sweeter more than anything, quite malty with barley notes and some brown sugar around the edge. Slight toasty note giving just a flash of milk coffee midway, then finish is dry with a touch of metallic hops just turning the palate to mild, drinkable phenolic bitterness. Great balance and pleasant flavours.
Bit thin body but mostly smooth, touch of carbonation is not overwhelming but still a bit unnecessary.
Great German hybrid styling here. Good balance, sweetness and tangy and bitter all together.
45 / 100
Had on tap at the brewery 17/08/11.
Pours a pale straw colour with clear bod mostly, slow but steady bead feeding pleasantly dense head of snowy lace. Quite good.
Smells quite tangy with lemongrass being dominant. Hint of seawater and some sweeter pear notes. Notable cereal grain at the back with a touch of cassia as well; really quite intriguing, albeit not a very classic pils aroma.
Taste is disappointingly empty. Light citric note on the front that disappears, leaving empty watery mid-palate that develops slight pearl barley notes before mild hops come through for finish; slight grass, pine and a woody bitterness. Refreshing enough, but bland and empty.
Fuller body than one would expect given the empty flavour, slight tingle on the back. Could have used more zip.
Bland and empty is the lasting impression, although the flavours that are there are OK.