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Discussion in 'Geek Grog & Homebrew' started by frostee, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. Deanodriver

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    Even Coopers Dark Ale is nice (a little sweeter though, if i recall correctly).

    Maybe I'll grab some from the bottle-o next time I'm there :)
     
  2. PostModern

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    I second this. Also Lord Nelson's Old Admiral is available at quite a few outlets these days. Mmmm strong, sweet Old Ale!
     
  3. jbman

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    Karma citra from feral
     
  4. aXis

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    Guiness Stout isn't really in the same category as a dark ale - especially the brewed-under-license rubbish they sell in Australia. I had my first Guiness a few weeks ago after working my way up though vintage ales and wee-heavies and was quite unimpressed - it had poor mouth feel and very little depth of flavour.

    The dark ale should not only have roasted flavours, but also a good malt backbone with some residual sugars, some hop aroma and the fruityness of the ale yeast.
     
  5. stevenx

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    Coopers Dark is damn good, especially on tap. :thumbup:
     
  6. Fingil

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    I had some of that when I was in Sydney last year and really liked it. Unfortunately my wife was pregnant at the time, so I only got to have 2 pints. I could have stayed all day :) I'll have to keep an eye out for it around Brisbane.

    My drink of choice is White Rabbit now days. I really got a taste for darker ales when I lived in England and was having a tough time with the tastless, local swill when I got back. I'd like to try White Rabbit on tap some time. I think it would be really good on tap. I found some Adnams Broadside at Dan Murphys a couple of weeks ago. I found some Fullers ESB at 1st choice a while back too. Both great drops, although quite strong.
     
  7. BlaCkAdDa

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    Coopers Dark
    White Rabbit
    Barons Black Wattle Ale
    Newcastle Brown Ale

    could look into some of the micro brew bocks and things too.
     
  8. pugsley

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    Came into the thread to post white rabbit as soon as i saw the title. Stumbled across it just recently in a pub in Tas. I like trying beers i have never seen before on tap and had no hesitation with going back for a second and third. :p
     
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    my personal choice would be:

    James Squire Amber Ale (on tap is way better than bottles but bottles still ok)
    White Rabbit

    also Kilkenny, its a Nitrogenated Irish Cream Ale.....bit different you either love it or loathe it. (personally love it) :lol:
     
  11. Fireblade

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    Monteiths Black is nice one. Echo others thoughts on White Rabbit Dark but the White Ale is a nothing beer, shame. Not much of a Guinness fan myself, I find it unpleasantly sour, would much rather a Coopers Stout or my own brewed stout.
     
  12. kjparker

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    +1 for the white rabbit dark.

    Highly recommended!
     
  13. mevereyn

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    Emerson's London Porter (it's a NZ brewery) is fucking awesome, as porters go.

    Pretty dark too. :thumbup:

    Damn, those kiwis are making some hardcore brews.
     
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    Got a six pack of White Rabbit and a Carlton Black single today. Keen to try later.

    Also got me a bottle of Laphroaig scotch, perfect for this cold weather I think!
     
  15. Zodiac87

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    Anyone tried Brown Penguin?

    Wonderful drop.
     
  16. Alex.W

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    White rabbit is pretty darn good..

    I love going up to White Rabbit/Giant steps for pizza wine and beer... Best rides from Eltham to Healsville followed by best food! Win!
     
  17. spaced1

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    Can't really recomend any good dark ales, but i will say, I went on a brewrey tour last weekend, and tried many tasting platters. Most had some decent laagers, pale ales etc, and then one or two dark ales /stouts to finish off.

    Fuck I hate dark beers :sick: I don't know how you can enjoy them. I guess it's an 'acquired' taste.
     
  20. spaced1

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    I think it comes down to what you like. Michael Jackson (the beer critic, not the pedobear) is right that there is a beer out there for everyone. Some old timers love their British style bitters and there is no way you can convince them a great American IPA is better. Because they like what they like.

    If you're not out drinking the OP's dark ales, I don't think he'll mind drinking your share :)
     

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