Total Score: 6.9/10
Next up on my cavalcade of star Australian craft beers: White Rabbit Dark Ale! A brew I am well fond of, being sometimes the only craft beer sold in certain bars worth its salt (when compared to the CUB’s, Toohey’s and XXXX’s of this world *boo-hiss*). Upfront, just to spoil my review, I like Dark Ale more than White Ale, though neither are that great: They’re half-decent, wishy-washy craft brews for the masses… but by all means continue reading my review, that is what you came for.
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: Presents itself as the beer equivalent of Coca Trademarked-Beverage – with a hazed cola-coloured body and a thin beige head on top. Not much carbonation action going on inside the glass – suggestive of a heavier bodied Ale. 7/10.
S: Big on dark fruits with a prune/raisin/plum & grandmas pudding nose, throw in some molasses (as most grandmas are likely to do) and you cap off a festive fruit ester driven English Brown Ale that isn’t really lacking in much, without being spectacular – it’s just plain old good. 7/10.
T: Flavour is alright – it pushes all the buttons you expected above, with a touch of herbal hops in the finish. Again it isn’t spectacular, simply good and nothing more. There’s a promise of so many rich bold malts that are leaving me wanting, I imagine a version of this beer at 6% ABV and go “Fuck yeah!” to myself, this is the thing that would make Dark Ale stand out from the fast swelling ranks of awesome Aussie craft beers – and there are some real corkers out there these days. But I digress. 7/10.
M: Body a slight let-down: Mid to light, watery with a light carbonation. 6/10.
D: Another easy drinking brew from White Rabbit that hopefully lulls more and more unsuspecting [insert alcoholic beverage here] drinkers into drinking craft beer and thus increasing the exposure and markets for craft beer so we can all bask in the future glory of decent affordable ales for all! At least that’s my less pessimistic line of thinking these days – bring craft to the masses so the brewers can theoretically brew more tasty beers for Doc. Truth is craft beer is getting more expensive as it gets more popular, or inflation’s a bitch, one of those two things causing me to question the value of these mild taste-vacuums* on the market. 7/10.
Food match: [insert that classic stew reference from Arrested Development here].
*”Too harsh brah” or “burn!”? You tell me.