Huon Dark Ale | The Two Metre Tall Company Pty Ltd

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Huon Dark AleHuon Dark Ale

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The Two Metre Tall Company Pty Ltd

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by norwichboy on 10-18-2006

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by norwichboy:
Photo of norwichboy
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of peabody
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spicelab
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of joecast
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tone
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, brown color. One inch head of a brown color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight apple, hops, hint of roasted malt, yeast, hint of bacterial funk, and esters. Fits the style of an Old Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. There is also a noticeable tartness. Tastes of sweet malt, slight apple, hops, hint of roasted malt, yeast, hint of bacterial funk, and esters. Overall, complex, full bodied, tasty, too carbonated, and good appearance.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rustic, cidery and truly imaginative, the "Down Under" brewers of The Two Metre Tall Company swirl together a boldly malted, apple-centric and hoppy beer that weaves together its sweet, spicy, fruity and earthy character with the armature of Belgian farmhouse ale.

The Huon Dark Ale that emerges is dark golden and carries a mild haze. A billowing head subsides quickly, rounding the nose with leather and maple, sod and soil, spice and wine- all with the envelope of apple encapsulating the scent. Sweet with steely caramels, honey and cola, the apple sweetness is also undeniable.

As the sweetness drifts, the remnants of malt trail behind with a nutty, toasty and woodsy flavor. Semidry apple cider carries a zest of sparkling rose wine but also seems of buttery chardonnay midway thorugh the taste. A mild farmhouse funk brings a taste of weathered wood, cumin spice and an overall rustic vinous tone with a brisk after palate of attic-like must and damp hay.

Medium bodied, the malt influence has the taste and texture registering fuller, yet the cider and wine-like tone suggests something drier and lighter. A medium length current of candied apple and cola trend nutty and peppery as the next sip looms.

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Photo of Suds
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beer from the other side of the world, wildly fermented, with local apples....I love the concept. It's a lively beer...lots of effervescence, and an active, tall, ever-growing head. Hazy and amber-brown in color. The aroma is a mix of spicy apple, funk, tartness, and a hint of distant malt. The flavor is sour, but moderately so...not quite a sour lambic, with lots of fruit (apple) flavor. Some spice underlies the fruit and gives a bit of complexity. Yeast is notable. Nice. Different, and worthwhile.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first from this intriguing Australian brewery. 500ml bottled in Nov. 2015. Wild yeast apple juice concoction?

A - Er, gusher. Lots of foam on every pour, eventually it settles to reveal a dark red beer, almost black looking from a distance. Tan head retains as a finger at least, lots of lace left as well.

S - Prevalent apple juice, tart cherry wine, light balsamic, some soft caramel and chocolate tones, some weird earthy funk. Interesting and decent mix of apple/sour/dark malt flavors.

T - More general acidic sourness here, not too much in the way of apple going on now but rather takes on a general dark sour feel. Much roastier here, still some chocoate and balsamic going on and lots of dark fruit. Reminiscent of a Flanders but with roasty oomph and not as deep as a flavor profile.

M - Pretty sharp sour acidity and big body for the ABV. Carbonation definitely on the high end but not overboard as the foam-load may hint towards. A pretty generous maltiness cuts through. Gets the teeth all scratchy.

O - A decent dark sour, the gush/foaminess definitely a bit of a nuisance but the flavor was decent and it didn't seem infected or off. I do wish the apple was implemented better, maybe a better balance of sour/roast/malt/apple overall would've made this a bit less harsh and a bit more standout.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
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

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.49/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of personpitch
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of doktorhops
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
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).

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Photo of admiral
4.13/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of i4ourgot
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tart apple aroma comes off the head of this beer with some caramel undertones. It’s a wild al ale right. Poured into a glass it’s an endless slow eruption. The head has an amber color to it and the beer has a dark reddish hue.
The apple gives the beer a light tartness that is balanced by the complex malt profile. A really enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is sweet caramel, apples and slightly nutty/earthy. The flavor is apples, caramel, malts, mild smokiness and a very tart/slightly earthy finish.

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Photo of dgilks
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Huon Dark Ale from The Two Metre Tall Company Pty Ltd
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 20 ratings