Archive for February, 2010

Hunter Beer Co – Hunter Bock 5.5% Alcohol

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

One of my favourite places to stop by while in the Hunter Valley is the Hunter Beer Company located at The Potters Hotel & Brewery in Nulkaba. The service there is impeccable combine with beers brewed on-site that are cold and tasty the only downside to a visit is the argument that pops up without fail around the 1 1/2 beer mark, about who is going to be the responsible one that switches to soft drink to drive everyone else home.

Last time I stopped by I decided to pick up a bottle of their Bock for future enjoyment without worrying about staying under the limit and I must say it did not disappoint later when it was taken out of the fridge. Into a glass the Bock poured a very dark brown colour with a small creamy tightly packed white head that didn’t hang around long before subsiding to a thin lace covering.

On the nose slightly sweet malt notes accompanied by aniseed, coffee and cocoa aromas. Taste wise this brew has a very nice flavour profile consisting of cocoa, coffee, bread, toasted grain notes, the mouth feel is somewhat creamy and the ending smooth with the gentle flavour of lightly burnt toast.

Verdict: Very nice come spring or autumn I would love to sit outside and enjoy one of these only downside is the drive to go get them.

Score: 7.8

Link: http://www.hunterbeer.com.au/

Boatrocker Alpha Queen 5.0% Alcohol

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

I am not the biggest fan of hoppy IPA’s etc but I still like a beer with assertive hop flavours that jump out at you. The Boat Rocker Alpha Queen seems to fit this category perfectly, brewed in Melbourne, they add loads of Cascade hops late in the kettle and then dry hop loads more afterwards, giving intense flavour without the intense bitterness.

Decanting into a glass the Alpha Queen is clear amber colour with an off white head that stands around 1cm tall. The smell is bountiful with intense pine, toffee and grapefruit aromas predominating.

On the palate the hops start mild tricking the drinker into thinking that is all there is, but around the halfway mark they kick in with a no holds barred attack before subsiding to a assertive yet mildly bitter after taste. Grass, spice and citrus ( mostly grapefruit ) are the main flavours noticed from the hops, with caramel and biscuit malt acting as a base to keep the bitterness in check.

Verdict: Very refreshing, unbeatable on a hot summer day,leaves the drinker hanging for a second. Would be awesome to enjoy with a nice big steak or similar.

Rating: 8.0 / 10

Link: Boat Rocker Brewing Company

Pigs Fly Pale Ale 4.6% Alcohol

Monday, February 8th, 2010

This beer hails from the Bowral Brewing Company, not sure what their output is but I hadn’t seen this drop for sale until I stumbled across it in the “tunnel of beer” at Hunter Valley Wine Cellars in the Hunter Valley over the weekend.

In a glass the beer appeared bright amber in colour with an above average level carbonation and a thick loosely packed head riding atop which took some time to die down.

On the palate a mild bitterness seems to kick in without delay and continues right till the end. The mouthfeel and body are great, malt flavours predominate accompanied by a fruitiness that seems to change as it travels the palate transforming into lemon related flavours near the back.

The aftertaste is pretty simple, slightly sweet with a mild fruity bitterness which hangs around for a minute or two before leaving.

Verdict: Not too bad, just nothing overly fantastic either. Very easy to drink although it left me feeling something was missing.

Score: 7.2 / 10

Link: Bowral Brewing Company

Where to buy: Seems even though I hadn’t seen it for sale its all around Sydney look here for a full list of stockists.

New Smirnoff Premixed Cocktail Range

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Smirnoff has recently released their ‘Perfect Pour’ range of premixed ready to drink cocktails. Perfect for parties, barbeques or just a quiet drink at home, you cant now enjoy your favourite cocktail concoction without the mess and the fuss of making from scratch.

The range is currently comprised of three flavours including Pomegranate Martini, Mojito and the Grand Cosmopolitan.They come ready to pour into a chilled glass and are available in all major bottle shops around the country, costing around $23 for 700mL bottle.