Red Duck Licky | Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)

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Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 10-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown colour. Head is beige, small bubbles, nice lace, sinky. Looks like a good lager.

Smells like licorice. Spicy, dark, sweet, treacly and pleasant. Nice piquancy. Sweetness. Pleasant.

Taste is darker than the smell. Touch of roastiness, hint of licorice, yeah aniseed, myrtle even, touch of black pepper, some herbal notes on the back well balanced with roast. Pleasant; could have upped the licorice for the back though. Could have been bigger.

Thin, but nice texture to it, swills nicely.

Good lager, good characters, but I feel it could have been really amazing with a bit more punch.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a fading head.
Nose shows liquorice, sarsparilla, soft sweet bready notes. Very strong sarsparilla.
Flavours are more focused on the malt. Some roasty malt and toast notes with sarsparilla and aniseed behind. A herbal astringency is noticeable in the finish.
Needs a thicker body, feels watery at the moment.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle purchased from Oak Barrel in Sydney.

Pours a smooth but thin and fine black with brown edging: the body of a solid schwartzbier. Head forms a firm ring around the edge of the glass, and a fine film elsewhere and pale brown in colour. Slight patchy lace around the glass. Carbonation is subdued, but extremely fine when tilted. Overall, it looks pretty solid indeed.

Yep. Liquorice indeed throughout this one. Definitely earthy liquorice root, but there's a brusquer variation on it which I'll put down to the aniseed myrtle, and, yes, even a slightly brighter note attributable to the sassafras. Under this is a solid dark beer, slated with a roast character and some light bready overtones. Nice stuff.

Taste is very solidly done: at its core, its a solid schwartz, with a cleanness to the palate, but flavours of roasty malt and neutral grain providing texture and colour. And then there's the liquorice characters, which are certainly more subdued here than on the nose: and that's a good thing. It shows a wonderful restraint that could have easily become overpowering and intense on the palate with spicy, peppery or astringent characteristics. Instead, we're left with the solid malt basis tempered and shaped into something unique by the spice additions.

Feel is great, and shows why making this as a lager was such a strong move: it's light and crisp, which manages to accentuate the spicier fragrant tones of the liquorice while not giving it enough of a basis to become too overpowering.

Overall, this is great stuff. Red Duck have a knack for being experimental, but even better is when they create something quite unique that shows such restraint and balance as this does. And can I also say it's great to see Aussie craft breweries using Austraian indigenous ingredients like Red Duck are doing here with the aniseed myrtle. Very impressive stuff.

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Red Duck Licky from Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 3 ratings