Brewed by Bellarine Brewing Company
Style: Stout
Bellarine, Vic, Australia


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Our infamous, flavoursome stout brewed with Portarlington's Australian Blue Mussels

crispi's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crispi (107) - - AUG 27, 2012
Bottle, from fridge at home. Served immediately at temperature. Poured from a large height into a lager glass, but unable to produce any head. Pours dark, with almost no head, no lacing, brown coloured head, if any. slightly carbonated, aromas of coffee and liquorish, with earthiness. not a lot of depth for it. pleasantly alcoholic after a tiring day. fair.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (2100) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2016
Draught @ GABF 2016, Geelong Classic stout - deep near-black, opaque, brown foam hangs around. Doesn’t give away too much on the nose - dark roast coffee, burnt crust, quite earthy. Medium-full body, creamy carbonation, slightly slick on the palate. Opens out a bit more on the palate - cocoa, burnt bread, black coffee, more of that earthiness - wouldn’t think it was mussels, almost feels like hops. Firm bitterness, dry finish. Nice stout, not the ideal one to start a beer festival on a warm day, but a good start!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ngejo (890) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - OCT 27, 2014
Bottle. Black, rocky head, tan foam, medium bitterness, light sweetness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & abrupt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danev76 (505) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2014
Mild aromas. Dark brown colour with excellent head. Coffee and chocolate flavours dominate with hints of the ocean in the finish. Medium body with medium to high carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jmar33 (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle. Nice enough beer, definitely get the salty kick from the mussels which is refreshing. Compared to the other mussel beers I’ve had (Murrays Auld Bulgin Boysterous Bicep, Young Henry’s <3 Mussel) it’s not as good, but this was an old bottle so I might be a bit harsh in that comparison

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mattyhennessy (376) - Highton, AUSTRALIA - APR 13, 2014
Pours a black colour with a thin tan head. Sweet aromas of chocolate with roasted nuts and something else that I?m guessing is the mussels. A surprisingly salty taste, apparently due to the use of whole mussels that release salt water into the brew. However the saltiness overpowers the mussels. Quite pleasant to drink

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (15617) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
Dark brown, lots of chocolate and brown sugar on the nose. Full body, a lot of chocolatey/fudgey, and a slightly salty finish. Good stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (9569) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2013
Bottled 33 cl from Chas Cole Cellars, Belmont/Geelong, on August 1, 2013.
Black color, light brown head. Sweet, salty, roasted scent. Sweet, salty, roasted taste. Salty, roasted aftertaste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5221) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Bottle at Mrs. Parma's in Melbourne. Pours opaque black with slim brown head. Briny purple aroma like the interior is mussel shell. The mouthfeel is spot on for the style and can be taken in gulps or sips as desired. The palate is salty and just right. Dry, drinkable, and good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cantabrian (990) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 16, 2013
Oysters and clams’ shells are much more easily dissolvable than mussels’. Will it make much of a difference? Sceptical expectations... After trying this Bellarine, you can love it or not. A bit of a disappointment in a way, I must say, and surprisingly good in others. Disappointment for the poor appearance, for although it is black as death, it’s already a headless reaper - not much fun, really. The good part is the nice brine on the flavour, which I had been sceptical about, the saltiness to balance the intense alcohol (strong on the aroma too) and the coffee, that seems to come out above in these types of stout. It becomes sweeter as the beer warms in the glass. I’d prefer a bit more full bodied and chalky, but this is a good one.

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