Mountain Goat Hightail Ale 330ml $3.70
Mount Goat, from Richmond, Victoria, shows an extra freshness and liveliness often seen in bottle-conditioned beers. It’s a dark-amber ale, nicely combining in its aroma resiny hops with fruit and malt. The palate’s medium bodied and smooth, its maltiness cut but well-judged hops flavour and bitterness.
Innis and Gunn Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer 330ml $7.90
Innis and Gunn’s high-alcohol (7.4 per cent) dark ale – matured in American oak barrels and old rum barrels – leads with a deep, sweet molasses-like, malty aroma. The molasses carries through on a well-balanced, opulent, silky palate – an idiosyncratic warmer on a cold Edinburgh (or Canberra) night.
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