Red Oak Blackberry Wheat Beer – 5% Alcohol

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009


This number comes in a smaller than average 250mL bottle, but they seem to have packed just as much flavour into this brew as a normal size bottle . Pours into a glass a cloudy purplish tan colour with a medium level of carbonation and a large fluffy loosely packed head. The aroma is great, straight after pouring a smell very reminiscent of apple cider is hard to miss although this seemed to dissipate quickly, leaving a bouquet filled with notes of rock melon and roses.

On the palate this brew hits hard and sharp bursting with fresh blackberry flavour, notes of tropical fruit mainly melons and citrus are also fairly assertive. A tang hits near the back of the palate, although this seems to calm down a bit as the brew gets warmer. Other than the tang the beer ends very clean leaving a lingering sourness that’s not unpleasant.

Verdict: Refreshing packed full of fruit flavour great for something different. One small bottle and i was feeling very satisfied though, great beer but after one my palate was feeling worn out.

Score: 7.6 / 10

Where to buy: The Red Oak Cafe is located at 201 Clarence St in the city CBD and is well worth paying a visit.

Link: Red Oak Beer Cafe

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Lord Nelson 3 Sheets – 4.9% Alcohol

Monday, October 12th, 2009


Its been awhile since i have had this brew on tap and it was the first time i have tried it in a bottle. It poured clear, golden in colour, with a medium level of carbonation and a head around 2 fingers in size which slowly receded to a thin lace cover.

The aroma was mostly malt driven, with sweet caramel notes and the odd hint of basil and lemon. On the palate sweet malty flavours lead the way with caramel, toffee and butter scotch although it’s not too much work to notice hints of citrus and vanilla lurking in the background. The beer finishes crisp with a slightly sweet after taste.

Verdict: Easy drinking English style Ale, if your in Sydney there is no excuse to miss tasting it at its birthplace up in The Rocks at the Lord Nelson.

Score: 8.0 / 10

Where to buy: This beer is pretty easy to find around Sydney, you can get it from the Lord Nelson Hotel itself, The Australian Hotel or the Australian Wine Centre in Circular Quay.

Link: Lord Nelson Brewery

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New Live Music Section

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

We know a good night on the town isn’t just about boozing it up into the early hours, sometimes its good to have some music playing to rock out too! For this reason we have created a “live music” section to aid you in the search of a good live gig to see.

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