Murray's Anniversary Ale 5


Published January 7, 2011

Usual practice at Crafty Manor when it comes to the Anniversary Ales from Murray's is to buy a couple and hold onto them for a later date to allow them to age, only to get scared of ever opening them as once they're gone, they're gone. Thankfully, a special occasion recently saw bottles of 3, 4 and 5 opened one after the other. Crafty felt the love particularly for 3, general consensus elsewhere favoured 4, while 5 - with the addition of darker chocolate malts and roasted barley to the old recipe - was noticeably sharper up front, but soon settled into a familiarly warm, rich and soothing multi-layered experience. "Of what sort?" we hear you cry. Well, the Anniversary Ales are oak-aged wheat and barleywines, with this one also boasting a bigger hop profile - a new blend of Green Bullet, Pacifica, Motueka and NZ Cascade - that comes through on the nose and in the bitterness. It's designed to stick around for up to ten years, so quite why Crafty's cracked one already......

Wheat and Barleywine

3443 Nelson Bay Rd
Bobs Farm
NSW 2316

(02) 4982 6411
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