Recent Beer Ratings & Reviews
Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd
English Pale Ale / 6.80% ABV
3.19/5 rDev: -9.6% | rAvg: 3.53
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Clean and clear dark copper colour. Pours a 1cm head which dissipates to a thin off-white film. Some lacing. Little carbonation.
Burnt toffee, caramel, plenty of malt and biscuit, red orange. Hops are quite faint. I'm also getting a roast coffee smell which is odd for the style. However, I'm getting a slightly stale water smell.
Like the smell, it's quite malty - lots of toffee, caramel, biscuit flavours and a hint of roast coffee and almonds. A little bit sweet. Slight hint of grapefruit and citrus rounds it off. Flavour is slightly watery.
Despite observing virtually no effervescence, there's a bit of fizz on the tongue and a tangy feel. Again, slightly watery. Clean on the way down and the fizz adds a bit of foaminess when swallowed. Not over-carbonated however.
The malt flavours are pretty well balanced by the hops. Shame that it's a bit watery otherwise this would have been a cracking brew if the flavours were in full swing. Quite drinkable nonetheless.
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Quadrupel (Quad) / 9.00% ABV
3.81/5 rDev: 0% | rAvg: 3.81
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Brewer site says 6 months in Ardbeg barrels. Available from April 2014 while stocks last. 2014 edition available from March 2015.
The plastic Champagne-shaped corked eased out with a light pop and a puff of vapor. Poured a light mahogany, leggy-looking liquid under a heavy-cream head, quite attractive. In a tulip glass, the nose is powerfully smokey — good thing I noticed it said "peated whiskey" barrel-aged. Some toast and fruity esters under that, but they took some work to sniff out under the wee turf fire in the glass. Again, very peaty flavor, more so a middle-of-the-road Islay Scotch (I'm not familiar with Ardbeg), and not just in the smoke but also in earthy chocolate and licorice, a bit of grass, and lemon zest. Oily and coating feel, substantial, with a tingle of alcohol and perhaps wood tannins.
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Milk / Sweet Stout / 4.50% ABV
4.19/5 rDev: +24.3% | rAvg: 3.37
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into an IPA glass.
Look: The color of espresso beans underneath a mocha colored head. The head tecedes leaving only a mocha collar, and light yet soapy spots of lacing remain.
Aroma: Loads of sugary lactose on top of some roasted grains and faint chocolate notes.
Taste: Not much in the way of sweet potatoes, but a really good milky and lactose sugar body. Perhaps a faint, earthy potato note comes in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, silky.
Overall: This is a really sweet and smooth cream stout. I think the sweet potatoes emerge as the beer warms.
American IPA / 7.40% ABV
4.26/5 rDev: +7% | rAvg: 3.98
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A - Golden honey color. Something tick in the glass, from yeast or something else, very interesting. White foam, low carbonation.
S - Honey, haze, fresh, grassy, highly aromatic.
T/M - Haze, honey, balanced bitterness, refreshing, crisp.
O - Very good. Maybe a bit less imperial IPA, and a bit more English IPA.
S:t Eriks Bryggeri
American Porter / 9.00% ABV
3.25/5 rDev: -9.5% | rAvg: 3.59
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Released at Systembolaget, Sweden 2014-11-03
Dark brown, mahogny colored beer with a small, beige head. No lacing stays on the glass.
Nose: Orange, brown sugar, burned malt, dried fruit, syrup and pumpernickel.
Taste: Sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, honey, dark bread, plum, hazelnut, licorice, a little bit of chocolate, alcohol and orange.
Body: Medium body with light carbonation. A little boozy. Short taste. A little bitternes.
Ok but I think the alcocol (ABV 9%) is bad hidden. A little to boozy.
Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 3.20% ABV
2.99/5 rDev: -10.7% | rAvg: 3.35
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Opaque, murky apricot colour, some sediment and pulp. Virtually no head and effervescence or lacing. Lively carbonation.
Summer fruits, peaches, apricots, orange peel, and grapefruit hops. A hint of yeast.
Hoppy up front , with apricot, orange, peach nectar body. It's pretty much juice with a hoppy grapefruit undertones. Sour candy aftertaste. No surprises there. However, there's a hint of yeast to remind you it's a juice beer. Odd - not bad, above average, but odd.
Prickly fizz on the tongue, medium body, sticky nectar and finishes cleanly.
This is juice - thick, hoppy, yeasty juice.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 10.00% ABV
4.33/5 rDev: +5.4% | rAvg: 4.11
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Format: a 100mL taster from the cellar door at Garage Project during Wellington Good Beer Week.
Appearance: pours a strong ruby-brown in colour with a light cloud. A two-finger tan head slowly drops to a creamy half-finger. Looks brilliant.
Aroma: a big aroma of pine, grapefruit citrus, tropical fruits and grass hops. I'm surprised to smell grass in an IPA - but hey, it works.
Taste: a very strong palate of the characteristics on the nose, just amped up a bit. You can tell it's a 10% considering how strong the flavour and feel is.
Aftertaste: plenty of bitterness from the amalgamation of hops, but crucially the hop flavours are there too, along with the bitterness. A touch of sweet malts round it out. Fantastic.
Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate to higher, fairly sharp carbonation per the style.
Overall: this is one of the better IPAs I have had to date. Trust Garage Project to push the envelope and amp up the flavour and the ABV. This is absolutely not a beer for craft beer newcomers, but rather for people that love their IPAs strong as. Not cheap at AU$25 for a 650mL bottle, but I would say that it may actually be worth it.