MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - JUN 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (330ml).Poured extremely dark brown (virtually black) with a small rocky, light-brown head which was mostly diminishing. Aroma was of dusty chocolate truffles with roasted malts, latte, creamy caramel, vegemite on toast and some black berries. Flavor was similar to aroma with dusty chocolate truffles, roasted caramel malts, creamy coffee, vegemite on toast, tart black berries with leather notes and milk chocolate in the finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation, a dry/creamy mouthfeel and a good finish.
Labarde (22) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 7, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours blacks with a light brown head that dissipated very quickly. Malty nose of coffee and fruit…maybe banana. Taste is malty coffee with some chocolate and fruitiness though not especially complex. Smooth mouthfeel with a bitter finish. OK but nothing special.
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours opaque black with a very small tan head. Sweet, thick oily vegemite and machine-shop aroma, heaps of molasses and chocolate... with a touch of dried fruit sweetness. Body is a little thin, not backing the roast well enough, although the oatmeal helps smooth it along. Most of the sharpness would seemingly be from the roast, with little hop character or bitterness contributing to the beer. The flavours for me, were a little one dimensional, with the simple thick cocoa paste dominating. Very oily in the finish, too much for me. However overall its pretty good for my least favorite dark beer style.
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A cracking sweet stout out of Victoria. I like these guys. If you open this straight from the fridge, have at least two glasses ready. And a cloth. And a paintbrush for the ceiling. This one gushed so much that two chalices could not contain it. Great head retention. However, the head-to-body ratio was about 4-1 in each chalice for several minutes. Nice rich aroma of dry cocoa powder, licorice root and shoe leather. Medium bodied, with a dry-as-a-bone finish. A very smooth customer indeed - silken chocolate malts and figgy accents before a robustly bitter finish. Porridge notes and a slight sourness. Very sessionable for a sweet stout. (330ml bottle from Cloudwine Cellars, Melbourne)
bluevegie (3066) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge light tan head that almost filled the whole of the glass on the first pour! Black body, malty aroma with notes of dark chocolate and dark fruit. Taste is quite upfront, liquorice, toasted grains and coffee. Enjoyed this!
motelpogo (7189) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
brewtopia06. very black with a steady off-white head. aroma of porridge and cherry ripe. quite sweet, some golden syrup, nutella and chocolate sauce but dries out with a very oaty, slightly sour finish. curious and very drinkable
Dredd (714) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great beer, lovely initial appearence with a head that wanted to leap from the glass, nose is mostly roasted dark malts somin off leaving hints of mocha and coffee. Flavour though is a great kick with licorice, coffee and a fine grainy/tannic cocoa. I’ve enjoyed the other 3 ravens beers, but i think this one is the best yet. This one really delivers, definately a top 10-20 Aussie Beer.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 31, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m really loving what 3 Ravens is doing at the moment, this beer particularly. I’ve drunk quite a lot of it over the last six months or so. Seriously black with a nice brown head. It’s quite roasty to the point of being inky, with liquorice, prunes and chocolate topping. Big, round, soft maltiness balanced with very assertive roast flavour and bitterness. Like Sinha Stout (silky malt flavours) crossed with Stout Billy (aggressive roastiness) but more of a session beer than either of those. Top stuff. I also aged a bottle for about six months. Not a great deal changed, except for the beer trying to sneak out of the bottle before I could pour it, and the subsequent Belgian-style rocky head caused by the high carbonation. Very round chocolate topping, caffe latte, currants, prunes and toffee in the aroma. Dusty, chalky, grainy cocoa flavours like a good hot chocolate, oaty creaminess, hints of Milo, rich and rummy but soft like Sinha with a roasty, charcoal/burnt toast finish.
Stew41 (1796) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Massive fizzy head early; settles slowly over the next 5 minutes. Very dark brown in colour, almost black. Great bouquet of chocolate milk and roast; I can almost smell a grainy chocolate powder note if that makes any sense. Very complete and has very good depth. More chocolate in the mouth although the palate is quite tight and zingy. Quite unique structure for the style and tough to describe actually. Regardless a very drinkable interpretation of the black beer / porter style.
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 11, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Brown, fine head. Overt fruity aroma, out of place on this type of beer. Dry roast flavour struggles on a winey fuity palate. More of that sourness that the other beers from this brewery have.