The Convict - BOTTLEThe Convict

Company info:
Gage Roads Brewing Co.
Palmyra, W.A.


Bottle size sampled: 640 mL

Standard drinks: 3.6

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $8.99AU

Label info: ‘Australian beer drinkers, you’ve been locked up by bland, watered-down lagers for too long. Never fear, the Fussy Bastards at Gage Roads are here to set you free! You won’t find a boring, run-of-the mill lager here. This is a BIG Australian ale. A boatload of Aussie ingredients: 6 specialty ale malts, 4 of our finest hops. The Convict is rich in flavour, soaked in tropical aroma. Dry hopped with an insane amount of Summer, Stella, and Galaxy hops, this is an ale that could bend even the strongest bars at Freo prison! Break off the shackles with Gage Roads The Convict: Australian Strong Ale’

What the label really means: I always appreciate the level of detail that Gage Roads go into on their labels and this is no exception. The label rings of pride and beauty and I can’t wait to taste what has gone into this bottle.

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: On first glance at this label, I love it. I love the bold colours, the cartoony style, the punch in the jaw. The image depicts Neptune (the Gage Road’s God of choice) holding a beer bottle out in front of him. His beard flows wildly in the breeze and the handcuff shackles break free and fly behind him. His teeth are gritted in a smile, or perhaps anger, while a prison number is imprinted on his shirt. His merman tails flaps off to the side of his beige, veiny body. Look closely around the top banner and you’ll notice little tallys like those seen in prison sells, reinforcing the convict theme. All well and good, but what is difficult for me to ignore is the genuine death-metal freakishness the label depicts. Am I buying a beer or a ticket to a German metal scream-fest? Ok so it’s meant to evoke feelings of rebelliousness, strength, freedom, intensity – I get it. But it’s a tad scary, and a bit too metal.

I give it a label rating of 6.5 out of 10.The Convict - GLASS

AROMA:  Malty, chocolatey aromas.

Taste: GLASS – First sip and I’m hit with rich, malty, caramelised flavours. It’s dry, very dry, but it’s so smooth that you are left more with an impression of smoothness than dryness. This is one meaty, hearty brew that is brimming with flavour.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 8 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – While I’m not really a drink from a long-neck kind of guy, drink this from the bottle and you’ll discover that The Convict becomes a bit less dry, and a tad better. Now highlighted are the malty tones, with caramel subtleties raised to new highs. Also stronger is the bitter after taste – but this works well.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 8 out of 10.

Accompanying food: Lamb and couscous would suit this to a tee.

Best season to appreciate: A definite Winter-warmer

All-nighter beer? No, not for me. I think this would pack a powerful punch in the morning, so I will decline from considering this as an all-nighter.

NEXT WEEK: Monteith’s Golden Lager


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