Brewed by 4 Pines Brewing Company
Style: Dry Stout
Sydney, Australia


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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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A dry Irish style stout, presenting almost black, bearing a generous tan head. The aroma profile is of coffee, chocolate and caramel malts. These are matched on the pallet with a full bodied, smooth finish and a balancing bitterness. Currently being tested to become the first certified ‘space beer’ in the world! More Info on Vostok at http://www.4pinesbeer.com.au/vostok .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALLOVATE (2349) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2012
At just on cool and out the bottle. Cap comes off with a swift burst with the beer to follow, so quickly into the glass it went. A lively, well conditioned, oily black with brown showing in the very shallows. Compact and tight is the tannish head, well retained with good legs. A waft of spiced chocolate mudcake grips the nose with hints of oak, yeast, vanilla and liquorice root. Soft, velvety and powdery mouthfeel, not big in body but shows good presence. Subtle peppery carbonation upfront otherwise it’s all smooth for the length. Bold, bitter malt swallow, rich dark chocolate all throughout with a touch of grapeskin astringency in there for good measure. Long linger of burnt wood, and topsoil, quite earthy, a little ash too. Malty mid-palate builds, light biscuity sweetness, chewy, with a touch of fresh cracked black pepper to keep it interesting. Quite dry otherwise, very sessionable though. This is a good Stout. Pleasing, refreshing, balanced. Nice!! (33cL, BB 13/07/12, Dan Murphy’s Currambine)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sevenlee (1264) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2012
Pours totally black with a beige head. Aroma is very weak but a moderate roastiness. Taste is also roasted malt with hints of chocolate and coffee leading to a small bitter finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maris (966) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2011
From a 330ml bottle on 12/12/2011. Pours almost black with quite a big tan head. Has a pleasant aroma of chocolate and coffee. In the mouth, there’s a good dash of dark chocolate and lots of bitter roasted malt. Has a slightly creamy texture and a long finish. Just a really well put together stout, with great balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pyobon (897) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 24, 2011
(Bottle) Poured opaque black - opaque not because it was cloudy, just because it is very black. Nice tan head. Pleasant aroma of chocolate, dark toffee and dried fruit with hints of fresh sawn wood. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with medium body and fine full carbonation. Strong start with dark chocolate, coffee and smokiness, moving through a slightly thin mid taste to a good bitter finish mixing hoppy bitterness and a lingering smokey burnt note. Overall an unusual beer that works well. Very dry with little in the way of sweetness or fruitiness, but is not unbalanced. Enjoyably different.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StuffWine (122) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 4, 2011
Poured coal-black with tan head (slow to form but went nuts after encouragement), lasted well. Aroma mild of toast and liqourice. Wow; taste suprised me: initial bit too mild of roast malt, but is followed by cocoa and coffee with a fine long and pleasant toasted nut finish. Very nicely balanced. Body medium, creamy with lively carbonation on tongue-tip. Price is good too, since not imported. 3/3/8/3/15.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20238) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 4, 2011
Bottled@omhper. Quite much black colour, not much head. Aroma is roasted malts, toffee, mild coffee and some caramel as well. Flavour is roasted malts, coffeee, some liquorice and mild dark fruity notes. Pleasantly balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dervock (439) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2011
Bottle - Pours black with a frothy tan head. Nutty roast malt aroma. Choc malt and roast malt flavours. Bit thin lingering dry coffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19216) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2011
Bottled, thanks baggio! Black, minimal head. Heavily roasty with asphalt and dark chocolate. Dry, firm and clean. Plenty of cocoa and tobacco-like finish. A solid stout with concentrated flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnoff (7666) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2013 First rating
Bottled at the tasting at omhper on September 30, 2011
Dark brown stout, light brown head. sweet malty scent, also licorice and smoke. Sweet, malty apple, dry taste. Weak mouthfeel, low bitterness.

Draught at the brewpub on July 14, 2013. As a single taster.
Marked as 40 IBU.
Builds up beautifully after poured! Dark reddish brown color, latte tan dense head. Malty, sweet, light roasted taste. Dry, grainy, roasted aftertaste. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Highly drinkable! Sweet, malty, roasted scent. Leaves nice lacings as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dazz3 (1540) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2011
Sampled at omhpers tasting. Pours black with no real head. Smells smoky and soy. Tastes smoky malty with a similar finish.

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