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Huon Dark Ale - The Two Metre Tall Company Pty Ltd

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Huon Dark Ale
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79
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11 Ratings
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Ratings: 11
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Two Metre Tall Company Pty Ltd
Australia

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: norwichboy on 10-18-2006)
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Photo of laituegonflable
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Gertrude Hotel during Good Beer Week 2013.

Pours a dark brown colour, fairly murky. Head is beige, decent density. Good retention. Looks great.

Smells sweet, buttery and malty. Big toffee character with a bit of roast. Not a lot of apple, or tart character, which is more what I was expecting. Bit pedestrian.

Tastes sweet and caramelly again. Bit more acidic though, with a touch of balsamic. Some apple, grape, cocoa and cinnamon. Not bad, but could use more of the tart fruitiness that the advertising material states.

Decent body. OK texture.

Decent enough beer; could use more apple character in there but I'm enjoying it enough.

More User Reviews:
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, some brown highlights, small head.
Nose shows lovely chocolate and nutty malt with sweet caramel underneath.
Similar flavours, but sweet apples start to overwhelm. A bit too tangy to mix with the other characters.
Carbonation is moderately high, nice.
Get rid of the apple juice and this could be quite good, the roasted and tangy flavours don't mix well.

Photo of spicelab
2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Glowing treacle as it pours, dark chocolate in the glass with a rich 1.5 finger coffee-coloured head. Great retention and lacing. Looks fantastic.

Balsamic vinegar and tart apple, quite reminiscent of a Flemish Red Ale but with a fair whack of chalky sweetness thrown in. Roasted coffee, cocoa and ashy tones underneath. Pretty cool overall.

First sip completely confuses me. It's incredibly thin on the front and mid, with most of the action on the rear palate. It's certainly sour there, but I don't know what the hell is going on. Flavour falls kind of flat. Hardly any malt, despite the roastiness in the aroma and pretty much just a mild combo of Apple Juice and Hallertau hops.

Very thin mouthfeel for 5.5%, with a moderate amount of drying bitterness, again something I tend to associate with Flemish Red Ales.

I've avoided opening this for over 6 months after not being at all keen on the Forester Pale Ale, but this is more approachable, albeit dull for the taste buds. Saying that I reckon this beer has the elements to be something quite exciting with some tweaks here and there. Maybe if the malts were cranked up and it was brewed to around 7% the flavour profile might shine.

Photo of norwichboy
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hope & Anchor pub in Hobart.

Clear mahogany with average sized head with moderate retention. Smell of milk chocolate and tofee dominate (Chocolate Eclairs!), with some coffee. Coffee is more pronounced on tasting. Creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Overall a very enjoyable malty beer.

Photo of joecast
2.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tough to categorize this beer. Dark ale with apple juice is an interesting mix.

Looks conventional enough. Dark brown / not quite black with a thin tan head. Slightly cloudy from the bottle conditioning and low carbonation.

The apples come rough in the smell. Would be easy to think this was a flaw if it wasn't intentional. As it is, it makes you think. Dark malts stay in the background but is noticeable. Hops are hard to pick out.

Plenty of apple pucker in the taste. Maybe a bit too much for me. Then again it is a cool evening and I imagine on a sunny afternoon this would be quite refreshing. The rest of the beer is kind of overwhelmed by the apple leaving it a bit one dimensional.

Slightly thin mouthfeel and lack of beery aspects (malt and hops) kind of hurt this for me. Certainly not a bad beer, but not an everyday type of beer for me.

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
2.53/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a: nearly black in appearance with dark brown around the edges, decent head settles to thin veil
s: smell of a smoky coffee
t: coffee taste on the back-end with malts and hops spread around
m: light to medium body, with slight carbonation, a little bitter
d: not a very smooth beer and not too much exciting going on here

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at Preachers in Hobart. A dark ale brewed with apple juice.

Pours a dark brown, clear in the body in places, with a filmy head of beige bubbles. Strips of lacing down the inside of the glass. Looks decent, although the head is weak.

Weird melange of acidity and darkness on the nose, which mingles to a subtle sweetness like grape juice and carob. A little bit of acidic sharpness is enough to dominate. Eh. Interesting at least.

Taste is similar, but here the acidity starts to get a little excessive. Heavy acidity from the apples, and a lighter body, leaving quite a sharp finish. A little toasty bitterness on the back, but that and the colour is really the only thing distinguishing it from cheap cider. Feel is light and thin.

This one's a big "meh" from me. It's not great. Interesting maybe, but certainly not something to get excited about.

Photo of personpitch
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of doktorhops
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Down in old Sydney town for a weekend, stopped into a nice little (dimly lit!) bar called "Mojo Records". Liked the atmosphere and the beers were pretty good. The Huon stood out for me so I took some tasting notes, turns out it isn't so popular with other reviewers - horses for courses and all that.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Pokal.

A: The body is a raspberry red, with minimal beige lacing for a head. Not very impressive here.

S: Aroma is reminiscent of fresh picked apples and pure spring water with a whiff of barley grains very clean and appealing.

T: Sharp upfront crisp apples with a sour note in the back. One can taste every individual ingredient that went in to making this - champagne yeast (which lends it dryness well in this brew), barley grains, fresh water, and of course the apples themselves; everything is clean and organic.

M: Light carbonation with a medium body.

D: Quite nice. The fresh flavour sets it apart from the mass produced beers and makes it a breath of fresh air. I want a case of this, it will be expensive but worth it. Another note: this is the first beer I've tried that really accentuates the sour flavours of apple... hell outside of cider this is the only brew I've had with real apples.

Food match: Could imagine eating a classic Ploughman's sandwich with this - crusty bread and all. Also this brew would go well in a cheese tasting (something hard and matured).

Photo of admiral
4.14/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A dark apple ale, 6.2%, that, to my senses, is a great combination of cider and beer.

aroma: malty oak, apple with some slight funky sourness and slight chocolate when it opens up.

taste: malty apple, oak with some slight wine qualities and some slight sherbet. Sweet but pleasantly sweet with some nice sourness underpinning it all.

Great beer, really enjoyed it and love the local philosophy and spirit of the brewer and brewery.

Photo of dgilks
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat opaque dark brown colour with a small, creamy, tan head. Good head retention.

Somewhat roasty with some sweetness and a touch of fruit. One dimensional.

Thin malt flavour with a hint of roast. Some mild fruitiness. Interesting but nothing amazing and I certainly don't get the sour balsamic notes that others have found.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Okay.

Lightly roasty and indistinctly fruity. An okay beer.

Huon Dark Ale from The Two Metre Tall Company Pty Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.