tried on Christmas day
2009 Debortoli Windy Peak Pinot Noir, 2 for $20, 12.5% alc
From their Victorian operation, I do believe. I picked this wine as I knew I was driving after lunch, so decided on a lower alcohol red that would go with the obligatory ham. Whilst I am no pinot afficionado, I reckon this was bang on what I wanted from Santa. A nice, soft, easy drinking red wine, with a bit of red fruits, a whiff of something more complex, all wrapped in a nice little bit of vanillary oak. It's low alcohol kept me in good shape for the evening's drinking.
4 Pines Pale Ale, sample, unknown alc.
I didn't manage to check the finer details of the ales, but I'd say this is a fair pale ale, without hitting any great heights. It's reasonably bitter, with a touch of wheat to assist in palate roundness, and even a little sweetness. Hops are present without overloading the package. Worth trying for lovers of English style pale ale.
Mountaingoat Hightail Ale, sample, ? alc
An amberish style ale, with a touch of hop for bitterness. More a malt driven style with dryish finish. Suitable for lovers of the James Squire amber and golden ales
Williams Pale Ale, sample
Have tried this a few times, really dig this beer. Has a touch of wheat in the grain bill, the organic malt adds a European style to the ale, it appears to be almost like a Belgian wit beer without the cloudiness. There is lemon on the nose, but palate reminds me of oranges, as if it has been infused with a little orange peel, Hoegaarden style. Whilst not the same, it takes me back to sipping ales in a pub in Ghent.
4 Pines Stout, sample
I liken this to a roast malt porter, no as much chocolate as a porter, but not as bitter as a true stout. Roast malt character is definitely present, but to be as good as the best, needs more hop aroma and hop bitterness as it goes down. Still, not bad.