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Akasha Hopsmith IPA

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This brewer uses three-hop types, Amarillo, Simcoe and Centennial. To make this triple dry-hopped West Coast-style India Pale Ale.   Even with all that triple dry hopping, I enjoyed this beer for its easy-drinking IPA style, which was just right, in the way it was not...

Cote Blanche Champagne Le Brun De Neuville Blanc De Blancs NV Base

cote blanche champagne le brun de neuville blanc de blancs nv base
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Lock Down again! What do you drink? Champagne of course!     This Champagne is a golden straw colour with lively small bubbles streaming up the glass, bursting with fresh, lemony, green apple hints on the nose.   Flowing through to the full rich palate of green apples and a...

Mountain Goat Hog’s Head Imperial Stout

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This Imperial Stout is as smooth a silk. Bolstered by rich dark not over sweet but there is a subtle sweetness intertwined with a smokey rum flavour come molasses/oat thing going on here from the ageing in used rum oak barrels. This stout is...

THE KALASH Russian Imperial Stout

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The artwork on the craft beer cans nowadays is poster-worthy, this Russian Soldier holding a Kalash machine gun is a ripper. And so is this one of a kind Russian Imperial Stout, that is aged in bourbon barrels for 4 months. And is made...

Bojak Calypso Hazy IPA 6.4%

bojak clypso hazy ipa 6.4%
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In-between wines I need a beer and the best beer is a craft beer! And for me, it’s usually a IPA of some sort, just to wash the palate clean well that’s my excuse and Im sticking it. Hazy IPA with generous amounts of oats and...

Mountain Goat Rare Breed

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Mountain Goat Once again has made my day with this Rare Breed: CITRA I was super impressed by the orange citrus flavours of this beer, with the orange aroma finishing in the mouth. Just enough of everything, Wow I really loved this one. Footnote; What...

Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon 2012

tyrrell’s vat 1 semillon 2012
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The nose is quite restrained and not really showing a lot. The same could be said for the colour that was quite pale, giving the impression of youth. However, I think at 8 years old this particular bottle may just be showing at its best. Strange statement...

Brokenwood Graveyard Shiraz 2000

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YES I am Back, armed with wine stories and tasting notes. A soft blue smelly cheese enjoyed with warm crusty bread drizzled with Italian Fig Vincotto, and this bottle of wine. Opened this wine, Xmas day December 2020. A year to remember! CV19 The year my cellar door was...

Corymbia Red 2014 $40.00

corymbia red 2014 $40.00
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As fine wine imports manager for a large Australian wine retail group I have had the pleasure of drinking some wonderful wines from around the world. So whenever I see an Australian version of a Spanish, Italian or French grape variety I jump on...

KAESLER OLD BASTARD 2012 Shiraz $200.00

kaesler old bastard 2012 shiraz $200.00
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OK here we go again $200 Bucks On a bottle of wine. Bugger me I could feed a family for a week on that. Well yes you could, however you would have just missed out on a wine that will remain in my thoughts...