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October 2019 Expert Quarterly Beer Club Subscription Tasting Notes

1st Oct 2019

Welcome to the October Expert tasting notes of our quarterly beer subscription as well as our latest podcast.

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Tasting Notes

Welcome to this month's tasting notes and our latest podcast. For tasting notes scroll down, or to listen to the podcast simply click the play button below.

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The full list of beers included in this month's Expert Quarterly Beer Subscription is below. This selection can also be seen at Untappd here.


IPA - Session / India Session Ale

4.4% ABV

25 IBU

Yeastie Boys

Wellington City, Wellington

Bigmouth is an extra pale, unfiltered, hoppy session ale with a bold tropical and white wine notes from the Nelson-grown New Zealand hops.

Session IPA? Pacific Ale? Extra Pale Ale? Call it whatever you like.

South Pacific Luau - P.O.G.

South Pacific Luau - P.O.G. Pale Ale - International

4.1% ABV

Nomad Brewing Co.

Brookvale, NSW

We dropped a little of the Aloha spirit into our South Pacific Dream by adding the quintessential Hawaiian fruit combination P.O.G. Passionfruit, Orange & Guava. So Grab your grass skirt and lei as the fruit and hop combination sends your tastebuds on a tropical journey.

The Pilgrim

The Pilgrim Barleywine - Other

14.5% ABV


Codogno, Lombardia


Fragments Kölsch

4.5% ABV

Alefarm Brewing

Greve Municipality, Region Sjælland


aU Ungespundet Naturtrüb

aU Ungespundet Naturtrüb Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

5.2% ABV

25 IBU

Mahr's Bräu

Bamberg, Bayern

Wer A sagt, muss auch U sagen. Ungespundet, ungefiltert und unverschämt gut. Halt a U, wie es bei uns heißt. Man hat ja schließlich nicht ewig Zeit zum Bestellen. Und was kommt auf den Tisch, wenn man „a U“ ordert? Eine ganz besondere, hefetrübe Bierspezialität mit vollmundig-weichmalzigem Charakter. Angenehm herb und mit wenig Kohlensäure ist es ein Bier, das zur Brotzeit genauso gut passt wie zum entspannten Feierabend. Hat da einer „Kultbier“ gesagt? Naja, uns soll´s recht sein. Ach ja, „ein“ U, kann man natürlich auch sagen. Aber die Erfahrung zeigt, dass es selten bei einem bleibt.

Hopfen: Hallertauer Perle

Nitro Latte

Nitro Latte Stout - Milk / Sweet

6% ABV


Stavanger, Rogaland

Brewed with cocoa, coffee and Lactose this beer will excite the coffee nerd and the stout geek inside you. Packaged with Nitro this beer should be poured vigorously into the proper glass to cascade the beer into a finaly packed fluffy whipped cream head, giving the beer a lush mouthfeel and thickness from the lactose and nitro, yet surprisingly light and easy to sip. Flavors of Mocha, chocolate and roasty goodness all the way through. This beer is the first of many brewed with Nitro from Lervig.

Hop Smash XPA

Hop Smash XPA Pale Ale - American

4.4% ABV

Blackman's Brewery

Torquay, VIC


Bomb! Stout - American Imperial / Double

13% ABV

65 IBU

Prairie Artisan Ales

Krebs, OK

Bomb! is an imperial stout aged on Nordaggio's espresso beans, chocolate, vanilla beans, and ancho chile peppers. All the flavors meld to create a truly unique beer. The peppers add just the right amount of heat to complement the intense coffee and chocolate flavors.

Cuvée De Ranke

Cuvée De Ranke Sour - Other

7% ABV

35 IBU

Brouwerij De Ranke

Dottignies, Wallonie

Cuvée De Ranke is a mixed fermentation, blended ale. A combination of barrel-aged beer and lambic.

Taste: Full-bodied sour flavour, with notes of oak from oak-aging.

White Mischief

White Mischief Sour - Gose - Fruited

2.9% ABV


Garage Project

Wellington City, Wellington

Salted white peach sour. Refreshingly sour ale fermented with white peaches and a touch of salt. Light, palate-cleansing yet complex.

Dream Weaver

Dream Weaver IPA - New England

7% ABV

Modus Operandi Brewing Co.

Mona Vale, NSW

Take a big toke of our favourite strain. This Hazy IPA draws its energetic & dreamy cerebral effects

from Amarillo, Centennial, Citra & Simcoe hops. Expect Tropical Citrus & Piney flavour

Counter Culture - So Long Darkness..?

Counter Culture - So Long Darkness..? Stout - White

5.9% ABV

35 IBU

Stone & Wood

Byron Bay, New South Wales

Not all is what it seems …

With the season’s transition into longer days of lingering light, So Long Darkness illuminates the shadows and morphs into something you didn’t expect. While the generous additions of chocolate, roasted coffee and lactose lead you to believe this were a regular stout, the way the light shines through the beer’s pale colour proves that not all stouts are dark and heavy.

More than meets the eye, So Long Darkness is the fourth release from Counter Culture – beers that go against the grain.

Cookies & Cream Milkshake IPA

Cookies & Cream Milkshake IPA IPA - Milkshake

6% ABV

Dainton Brewery

Melbourne, VIC

Waltzin Ma Pilsner

Waltzin Ma Pilsner Pilsner - Other

4% ABV

20 IBU

Nine Fingers Brew

This is a beer’s Beer.

It’s a hot day, tools down, knock off early kinda beer.

Our homage to the classic Aussie Lager style...

Who’ll skull a Waltzin Ma Pilsner with me?


Triple Harvest Red Ale

Triple Harvest Red Ale Red Ale - Imperial / Double

10.3% ABV

80 IBU

Otherside Brewing Co.

Myaree, WA

Following on from Harvest and Imperial Harvest, the Triple Harvest is big, bitter, malty and boozy, with just enough dry hop to balance it out.

Chew Tang Can

Chew Tang Can IPA - New England

6% ABV

Two Birds Brewing

Spotswood, VIC

The NEIPA of our Brew Tang Can series. Cloudy, big on fruit and heavy on the hops, the Chew is worth making a ruckus about.