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.
Medium-dark ruby ale with very little head to speak of. Love a dark ale.
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.
Up front you are hit with lush caramel maltiness with sweet date flavours throughout.
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.
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.