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Vale Exp | McLaren Vale Beer Company

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Brewed by:
McLaren Vale Beer Company
Australia
valeale.com

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 05-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
5
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
6.28%
 
 
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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 5
Reviews by laituegonflable:
Photo of laituegonflable
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark-brown colour with beige head. Large bubbles but dissipates quite quickly. Bit watery-looking, to be honest. Meh.

Smell is nice and chocolatey. Bit of roast and sweetness but also fairly dry, just like an Export Stout should be. Sweetness doesn't overwhelm. Me gusta.

Bit roasty on the palate, particularly upfront. Reined in well so it never gets too big or bitter. Chocolatey notes on the mid-palate, with a hint of some nuts and maybe some dried fruits late. Finishes very clean; very decent stout.

Smooth drinking feel, nothing really going on though. Bit thin and flat but decent complement to the palate.

Great take on an often overlooked style. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of gizmoguy
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at GABS. I've never been that impressed with McLaren Vale's other brews, but this one turned the tide quite well.

Pours a dark brown, rather translucent and insipid colour, with a disappointingly light body, and a minimal, fizzy off-white head. No lace, no visible carbonation. Looks disappointing, but that's about the last disappointing thing about it.

The nose is a wonder: deep roast characters caressed by a lovely sweetness, mild coffee char and a robust fullness of flavour. Everything is harmonious, and powerful. It's a lovely aroma.

Taste is surprisingly empty on the front, but it quickly wells up with a full roasty character and sweeter chocolate and brown bread characters, before a dance of roast bitterness and delicate sweetness appears on the finish.

Feel is surprisingly light, but the flavour is full, and it sticks around nicely.

Really smooth and really drinkable. Stacks of flavour for a 5.5% ABV stout—enough to make me want to session it. Very impressed.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Vale Exp from McLaren Vale Beer Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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