41 / 100
Day 13 of my 2017 #fletchmas Advent Calendar. Reviewed blind. In this case it was - clearly - a necessary thing but not good for a beer as left-field as this.
Pours a deep burnished brass colour, nice and vibrant. Head was foamy when poured but no longer exists, like countries that make cars with an H gear. Steady bead is fighting a futile battle to revive it. Looks flat, but not dead.
Smells kinda bland. Mild malty notes - not adjuncty but reminiscent of brown sugar. Hint of some subtle fresh fruit on there - possibly citrus and possibly apple/pear. Seems decent but there's very little aroma.
Taste is um. It certainly is. Um. It's weird. Starts quite malty, with English toffee character but it quickly turns very tart with this underripe cherry note, tart and kinda prickly. Develops a bizarre coffee flavour midway, that lasts to the back. Just this very mild roasty character and with the tartness just gives this flavour of weird bin juice, like rotting vegetable mass. Slightly coppery, and even though it's not pleasant, it's still also very bland.
Mouthfeel - well there's actually a decent body on there, with not much other texture. Feels bizarrely chalky late from the light fizz that seeps through.
Yeah, this is not good. Because it's so bland, it's drinkable in spite of the fact that the flavours aren't enjoyable. But it's weird, and off-putting, too, so although it's not inducing gags I don't want to continue with it.
Yeah, honestly when I found out what this was I find the concept fascinating (if misguided). Respect for trying out-there things, but it's really not successful in this case.
Bourbon-barrel-aged amber ale, brewed to mimic an Old Fashioned, for GABS festival 2017. Tried there on tap.
Pours a gold colour, bit too pale for the style, clear with beige-coloured head which is not bad. Retains quite nicely. Not bad.
Smells hugely of orange - pulp and seeds and peel, the whole orange. And bourbon. Big bourbon and oaky character as well, but a really nice balance. Yeah, it smells like an Old Fashioned. I like it.
Taste is grainy upfront then quickly turns hugely bourbony, with a big sweet vanillin-oak kind of character throughout the mid-palate. Develops a touch of citrus towards the back to balance. Maybe a bit too boozey but it's well constructed otherwise.
Decent body, with a bite of alcohol on the back. Fits the overall feel of the beer.
Nails the cocktail-beer brief. Really alcoholic-seeming but pleasant and well-brewed.
This beer scraped into my retries at the end of the festival - I say "scraped" based on my initial scores - and it massively grew in my estimation. It ended up my #4 beer of the whole festival and I thoroughly enjoyed a full glass the following week at Sydney GABS.
46 / 100
A tequila/kiwi gose brewed for GABS festival 2016. Tried on tap at the Melbourne festival.
Pours a straw colour, hugely cloudy and not really letting light through. Dense white head also looks nice. Very very pale and maybe just a bit too cloudy. Looks intriguing but somewhat intimidating.
Smells of tequila. Big agave character, with a touch of salt as well. Some mild grapefruit character on the back and some coriander spice. Slight yeasty note as well. Bit sharp.
Taste is tangy, citric. Big lemon notes and a fair whack of banana upfront, then the finish is fairly spicy and boozey, with some coriander seed, salt and tequila notes. Seems a bit unbalanced, with the mid-palate kind of lacking. Sweet upfront and heavy on the back.
Body is thin which allows for a big fizzy carbonation note to cut through, undesirably.
Yeah, not really a fan of this. Tastes like a tequila slammer - citrus, salt and booze. It's not done anything creative with that, so I guess if you're a tequila fan this might be great for you, but I'm not so I'm seeking something more enjoyable and beery.