Doc, Thanks to your post I went out and got me a 4 pack for $9.96
Carton is $49.85.
I don't know where they get there stout style from - because it is not dark.
I would class it as a Brown Porter....
It has mild aroma - fairly neutral with slight malt and hint of honey.
it is a nice brown amber colour. Not much head.
NICE...Starts of very clean, big malt middle, followed by some dry meady flavours. Finishes fairly clean and crisp with a linguring slight dry mead after taste.
IMHO - this is not a sweet beer. The honey adds a nice depth and dimension to the beer. The balance is good.
The new hops must have been lightly used and more for bitterness - though this beer is not bitter - than for aroma.
The hops are very nondistinctive - as compared to POR, Cascade, Fuggles - yuk - etc.
Now a nice aggresively hopped beer with the new hops might show some other traits that are not evident here.
As an unusal brown porter - it is not too bad.
However, i feel that a decent home brewed one would be much better.
It is worth a taste test. I would prefer the Cascade Autumn to this though.
Hmm interesting, i picked up a 4-pack last night.. the 1 i had may have still been slightly too warm, but i got a BIG head on it, and not from the pouring, and it had a potent honey smell, hard to describe, but like a boutique honey smell..
The best seasonal I've had is Squire Colonial Wheat. That was an *amazing* beer. I've got a 4-pack of Boags Honey Porter in the fridge so should be tasting it tonite (with some luck, hope my ball and chain don't give me hass). I'll need it too, my car is giving me grief!! A set of new thermostat housing bolts and a couple of hours should do the trick though.
I had a few Boags Honey Porter the other night and was very pleasantly surprised. I haven't really been grabbed by any of the other Boags seasonal or limited editiion brews.
This one was a bit too much burnt amber for my idea of a porter, but nicely bitter.
Dreaded the idea of the leatherwood honey, it is such a distinctive taste, but to me it seems to have fermented out well - leaving more of a pleasant herby touch late on the palate, rather than the cloying taste some homebrew honey brews have.
Not sure I caught much of the "limited edition Van Diemen hops", but would be interested in finding out more what other people think.
It was good enough to make me buy a carton for my next social club function - and Vintage Cellars should have it nationally for under $50 a carton.
Poured my first one warmish and it had a head like a mother in law. 20 minutes in the fridge (maybe around 4 degrees) and it was fine. Next one was too cold and relatively bland.
Went searching through my boutique beers fridge and cracked a bottle of the Cascade First Harvest 2003 beer.
Has a nice nose, but I not too keen on the beer itself.
I can't really put my finger on what I really don't like about it but the aftertaste is quite sweet.
Not getting the big fresh hop taste and aroma I was expecting from a beer touted as being special because of first season hops.
and dont forget the house and the harley batz.
im still to convince the local to get the james squire range up here.
thats the beauty of holidays for us remote brewers batz.
send the women to the shops and we hit the hbs and bottlos and go ape.
shame it doesnt happen a bit more often during the year.
when last in perth leif took my details and reckons they were trying to get an oz wide service going.
$20 to anywhere in oz if all went to plan.
my fingers are still crossed.
you may want to ask him about this next time your down that way.
As far as I know its less than $20 to country WA (dont quote me on that though!). He already ships there regularly.
It'd probably be a good idea ringing him up and asking to join the members club. That way you'll get the bimonthly beer packs ($50ea + shipping). You get a nice selection of brews to taste. If you time it so you just make a big purchase once every 2 months you'll save a lot on shipping.
He was in the paper (West Australian) recently actually!
edit - No expensive beer for me till christmas I just spent a lot on scotch I've got a fair bit of homebrew to tide me over for a few weeks anyway.
Christmas is different though. Belgian time! Last year I spent over $100 on christmas / boxing day beer. For myself :blink: