James Squire Malt Runner (Sydney)
James Squire Amber is my standard goto beer, thankfully available widely and often on special at large chain liquor stores. The Porter is also a goodun too, making for a nice easy option in liquor stores often bereft of fine brews.
The limited release James Squire beers though seem to be quite variable beasts, sometimes good, sometimes just plain odd. This sits somewhere in between those two marks – drinkable but, well, just a tiny bit short of really tasty.
James Squire’s newest limited beer is the James Squire Malt Runner, a dark, richly malted style that includes Chocolate and Crystal Whear Malt as well as cocoa powder and 10% cherry juice was used in the wort. Suitably, it smells of cherry and drinking chocolate. Like Cherry Ripes actually. Did I mention I don’t like Cherry Ripe? (cherries are good, chocolate is good, but Cherry Ripe is an abomination).
Tastes like Cherry Ripe too. Dry, chocolatey and just a bit chalky. Pulls up a bit short. Slight sour edge on the back. Feels like 9/10ths of a good beer, then it just gives up awkwardly.
Back to the Amber I go…