Prickly Moses Strong Ale | Otway Estate Winery & Brewery

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Otway Estate Winery & Brewery

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by brendan13 on 07-02-2008

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by burnheartsMKE:
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2.94/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was intrigued by the bottle (quite elegant) and the fact that it was aged 4 months in Pinot Noir barrels so I picked it up on my last trip down to Melbourne at Purvis Beer shop.

Funny, I just drove through The Otways yesterday on my way home from Apollo Bay. It was a beautiful route through a foggy rainforest along a narrow, winding road. I suppose you can say it subconsciously informed my choosing of today's beer.

I decided to crack it open over a lamb-chop dinner; it poured a dull murky brown without much of a head to speak of. My father-in-law sniffed it and said, "Smells like nectarines-lollies (as hinted by my wife), but that's not beer". Fairly sweet candy nose followed by a soured oak-age scent.

Upfront I get a big, burly, boozy, Belgian-y taste that gets lost in the middle and fades quickly save a leftover oaky wine flavor that just sits around, alone, wondering where all the other flavors went. A fruity ester that is fruity in the way baby food is fruity; safe, careful, protective, boring. A lot going on but going nowhere.

It's more confused than complex.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours reddy amber, small off-white head.
Nose shows dirty lemon notes, like lemon lollies. A fair bit of sour brett-like character in there (from the barrel possibly?), like a flander's red. Lots of acidity.
Flavours show less acidity, more woody oak and alcohol. Some sweet malt shows at first but then the lemony gueuze character cuts in. Somewhat harsh. Actually, very harsh.
Low carbonation, could be higher.

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Photo of mulder1010
2.21/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

750 ML poured into a tulip. Bought in January and been in cellar for 9 months

A-- Poured a dark cherry color, has a nice glow to it. Head is a off white color that was at one finger height, settled to just above film. Very good head retention to this and left little thin strips of lacing. With swirling I get little beads of carbonation on the sides of the glass.

S-- Different. Very different. Smoky stewed plumbs, cherries, cranberries, oranges and rum. Thought I got some oak when I first opened it. ABV is there but subdued. I think more due to age.

T-- Spice? Very thin front. Orange, cherry, and assorted spices. Very much a medicinal taste.

M-- Carbonation is on the lower side. The more it is open and gets air, it becomes a thin syrupy medicine. Not a good feel to this at all. More like Maudete Light.

D-- Had a couple of glasses and dumped it. Really thin but had a syrup taste and feel to it. ABV is felt in this but what is just shocking is the thinness to this. Might have been a better spiced beer as the spices are pretty decent but as a strong dark ale it is just not that good at all. Nice appearing beer and thought the smell was a bit weak it was a workable smell. Rest went south quickly.

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Photo of shambeano
3.07/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

had this one for about a year now. thought i would see what its like. strong ale aged in Pinot Noir barrels. should be interesting. poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a dark brown colour, with about a half cm of head (after a pretty rough pour), that very quickly becomes a thin film. looks okay.

S- sweet candy, lemon and something floral that reminds me a bit dried flowers, a touch of clove and some yeastiness. theres also something in there that i cant put my finger on. a bit going on, but with a strong overriding sweetness.

T- the sweetness dominates the palate straight away, the floral lemon/clove/something i cant put me finger on flavour comes through at the back of the mouth, but its not as prominent as on the nose. a bit alcoholic in the flavour as well. there is a wineyness and slight astringency that comes from the barrels. a lot happening, but doesnt always mesh together so well, and still dominated by the sweetness.

M- a touch light bodied for a beer of this strength, and lighter carbonation, very dry finish. the feel doesnt really meld together with the flavours. a bit dissapointing in this aspect.

O- overall not a bad effort, a lot going on in here, and if the flavours worked together it would be really nice. as it is they dont seem to flow together like in great belgian beers.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of brendan13
3.82/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy dark copper colour with a centimetre of off white head that falls away very quickly.
S - A fairly complex mixture of caramel malt, dark fruit, a bit of spice & a subtle oakiness. A bit of a hot alcohol touch.
T - Sweet caramel maltiness is very dominating with the dark fruit & spice coming through quite subtle. Almost too sweet.
M - Smooth, medium bodied, quite sweet. Low to medium carbonation.
D - Not too bad but a bit too sweet to be anymore than average. Still worth a try though.

On a side note this is "matured" in French oak barrels...something still not all that common in Australia. Hopefully something they'll do more of with other beers.

New batch, reviewed 8/12/12.
A - Pours a hazy light brown colour with a 2cm off white head that falls fairly fast.
S - Big spicy aroma, probably from both yeast and noted additions. Caramel and even light cocoa powder notes. Some dark fruit and oak hints.
T - Much like the smell really; spicy, caramel maltiness, dark fruit. The oak aging is much more dominating in the taste.
M - Medium bodied with a low level of carbonation.
D - An interesting beer. Much better than the last time I had it. I wouldn't drink it often but worth trying.

Altered score is based on new batch.

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Prickly Moses Strong Ale from Otway Estate Winery & Brewery
Beer rating: 2.96 out of 5 with 6 ratings