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White Rabbit Dark Ale

April 12

Date: 12th April 2011

Alcohol: 4.9%

Volume: 330mL

Price: $69 /24 btls (Vintage Cellars)

Manufactured: Healesville, Australia

This bottle caught my eye from the start.  I love the cutesy ‘Alice in Wonderland’ type image on the front of the bottle.  This is something different that I think does a good job of giving it that boutique feel.  The brewery located in the Yarra Valley and has both bases covered with its extensive range of two beers; dark and light ale.  I haven’t sampled the light ale but after this tasting I’ll be sure to track it down.

Appearance (4/5)

Medium-dark ruby ale with very little head to speak of. Love a dark ale.

Nose (4/5)

The nose is sweet and malty and is a great entre to the palate.  There is a light dose of hops without going crazy.  Balanced. It is one of those beers that makes a smooth transition from nose to mouth. Oooooh that smells good lets drink.

Flavour (4.5/5)

Up front you are hit with lush caramel maltiness with sweet date flavours throughout.

Finish (4.5/5)

The finish is everything I want from a dark ale; long, nicely bitter hopiness with sweetness that will hang around till your ready for the next mouthful.  Oh yeah I’m ready.

Rating: (17/20)

Bottom line, go out and get some.  It is starting to get up there in price but this would make a great Sunday lunch beer with the Roast Beef with all the trimmings. Yum.

 

Posted by on 12th April 2011 in Beer

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