Sunday’s are designated as a day of rest and relaxation, and nothing is much more relaxing than trying out a few beers As beers are best enjoyed in the presence of good company i enlisted the help of Alex Went son of Peter Went, winemaker at Pierre’s Wines a boutique winery located at Branxton in the Hunter Valley.
As two people were involved in this tasting session some of the beers tried have been given two ratings whilst a few just have the one such as the Beechworth Australian Ale & Mallee Bull which i had previously tasted.
Miller Chill 4.2% Alcohol (USA)
Lightly carbonated with an over powering lime aroma smelling very artificial on the nose. Very sweet to taste, closer to a premix vodka i would say in taste than a beer.
Verdict: This is easily one of the worst excuses for beer i have ever had the misfortune to taste! Do not bother to waste your time and money with this foul liquid!
Link: Miller Chill
Beechworth Australian Ale 4.4% Victoria
Poured almost flat with a flavour overly dominated by citrus flavors.
Alex’s Verdict: Starting to loose faith two beers two misses.
Alex: 3.5 / 10
Pepper Jack Ale 4.7% Alcohol – South Australia
This is a very unique brew, it is made by Saltram Wines located in the Barrosa Valley, South Australia. This beer pushes the boundaries by incorporating Shiraz wine into the recipe, something i have never heard of being done before.
The brew is a deep cooper in colour, lightly carbonated with an almost non existent head. The aroma comes across mostly fruity on the nose with faint floral hints. On the palate the beer takes drinker by surprise with initial toffee caramel notes accompanied by a sharp bitterness.
Verdict: This could be a great starter beer or great companion to a meal of a tasty meal such as pizza, beef & guiness pie, beef bourguignon or similar.
Alex: 7.5 / 10
Anthony: 6.7 / 10
Tip: I have had this beer twice now and it doesn’t stand up well to being over chilled for best results you will want to serve this at around the 7 degree mark.
Link: Saltram Wines
Mallee Bull 5.6 % Alcohol – Victoria
Poured with a golden straw colour and mild malt aroma. The taste is dominated by toffee notes leaving a rich cooked toffee aftertaste on the back of the palate.
Alex’s Verdict: Not a bad drop but definitely room for improvement.
Alex: 7 / 10
Pike’s Oatbank Beer 4.5% Alcohol – South Australia
Here we have another beer being made by people that are better known for the wines they make, but are proving you can do both with great results.
This beer is a bright clear gold colour with a nice tightly packed head. The aroma is heavily dominated by hop floral notes. Like most good pilsners the drinker is hit with a pleasant sharp bitterness, accompanied by faint citrus notes which subsides to a mildly sweet aftertaste.
Verdict: Very refreshing and highly drinkable after the one bottle i was a bit upset i didn’t have more.
Rating: 7.6 / 10
Link: Pikes Wines