Gage Roads Brewing Company have released a couple of cracking limited release beers in their lifetime. A long time ago I was working as a rep for them and they released a Saison and a Trippel – one of them was sensational but for the life of me, and probably due to a number of years and beers passing, I can’t seem to remember which one. Fast forward five years since then to 2013 and I was at home about to open a bottle of Gage Roads The Convict, an Australian Strong Ale on the eve of Australia Day. It just seemed like the right thing to do.
Of course I spread the love across a few Aussie brands – Mt Franklin for water and Coopers Pale just because it’s an icon! Happy Australia Day!
I picked up The Convict at Cellarbrations Carlisle, where all good beer can be found, and it was the last bottle left so I felt a little guilty whilst I was at the register as another customer requested a bottle. Whoops, sorry! I genuinely hope they found another bottle.
The label is fantastic – it’s kinda like Poseidon stepped off the boat after many long months at sea, went on a boozy rampage and misplaced his pupils somewhere …
After said drunken rampage he went off and made a gorgeous beer …
It’s got dark fruits, rich caramel and biscuit flavours all mingling together with a strong bitter finish. At 7.2% abv it is strong enough to let you know it’s boozy but doesn’t dominate or slap you in the face. Having said that my partner and I shared just a single bottle over dinner so perhaps it would be a different story if it were on tap at the pub; the next morning may not be so rosy after multiple pints of this tasty brew.
Dinner match was a Chorizo and Chili Ravioli with Fresh Basil and Parmesan. It was a nice enough match though the dish lacked anything along the sweet-ish lines to go with the strong maltiness of the beer. I’m thinking a beef ravioli with some sweet paprika would have done the trick. I guess I’ll have to get another bottle to find out!