New England Dark Farmhouse - BOTTLENew Englander Dark Farmhouse

Company info:
New England Brewing Co
Uralla, NSW


Bottle size sampled: 640ml

Alcohol: 5.5%
Standard drinks: 2.8

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $6.50 AU

Label info: ‘Openly fermented winter saison. Australian grown Malts. Australian Hops’.

What the label really means: I am always keen to sample open fermented brews as there’s something mystical about the process, less controlled. I’d use the term ‘random’ if I didn’t want to sound like a thirteen year old.

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: The label is similar to the previously reviewed brew from these guys, but with a more brown tinge. Here’s what I said earlier: ‘…the brewery’s mascot, a winged merino sheep taking centre stage. The text is all very serious and proper, but the brown inked sheep is really quite fun. What could have been a horribly boring sheep is transformed into a thing of beauty with those magnificent wings. It is for the sheep that any points are awarded. The rest of the label is a bit of a let down’.

I give it a label rating of 6 out of 10.

AROMA:  Breathe in the strong malty, coffee, merlot notes. Not as amazing as the Brown Ale but still great.

Taste: GLASS – A smoky dark chocolate ale that is smooth, light on its feet and very easy to drink. It’s really quite enjoyable and one to sit back and sup the night away with.New England Dark Farmhouse - GLASS

I give it a beer from glass rating of 7 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE  From the bottle, Dark Farmhouse becomes a bit too carbonated and detracts from some of those awesome flavours that are now softened. As expected, stick to the glass.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 5.5 out of 10.

Accompanying food: A hearty beef dish would suit this sucker. Bourginon anyone?

Best season to appreciate: The definition of Winter warmer.

All-nighter beer? It’s one to sit back and sample slowly over the course of an evening.

NEXT WEEK: Celt Golden Ale

  1. 'Tard Blumpkin says:

    I’ve neither met, nor heard, of this stuff, but I shall keep my onion portals on the dart for it. I did try some VALE / DRK during the week, which was underwhelming. I would’ve settled for whelmed, but, alas, nup.

    On an unrelated foozenote, apparently Crown Golden Ale is only available from Woolies related foozers. Not Coles, nor indies, but only Woolies.


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