Brewed by BrewBoys
Style: Stout
Croydon Park, South Australia, Australia


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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
A stout, as black as the ace of spades. Brewboys has crafted a fine stout with rich, complex, dark roasted character. With abounding coffee-like aroma, and strong cocoa bean bouquet, the aromatics are as striking as the appearance. You canít get any blacker. Roasted malted wheat, Choc chit malt, and black malt are all called upon to intensify the blackest beer we could possibly make. Recognised as champion stout brewers, both Stephen and Simon revelled in the challenge of outdoing their own efforts at perfecting the balance of roastedness, mouthfeel, aftertaste and alcohol, in this inimitable drop. Volatiles, including vanilla bean and herbaceous fermentative profile dissipate over the glassful, leaving the drinker with an earthy back palate. This stout is best described as an extra stout, not dry or sweet. It has a hefty mouth feel, well balanced with a moderate alcohol and bitterness leaving you wanting more. Aromas and flavours re more abundant when served at warmer temperatures. In the cold of winter, drink it straight from the cupboard or cellar temperature, but if you must chill it, no lower than 10įC. Cheers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (3417) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 25, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2013 Opaque and very dark brown. Small, tight tan head. Very nice coating all the way down the glass. Roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate aroma. Very singed taste, persistent but moderate bitterness. I donít mind the level of roast malt, but Iíd like hints of other flavours lurking behind it. [3.5]

Almost black with a large tan head that fades to a lasting coat. Strong roasted malt aroma with vanilla, chocolate and some coffee. Thatís pretty much how it tastes too, with some licorice as well. Carbonation a little on the high side for me. Bitterness is very nicely judged. Some astringency at the end too. Have had better bottles than this one, but very solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bendybenbeer (39) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2009
Liked it a lot. Well constructed stout, albeit a tad too much roast malt. Would like to see a little more crystal to balance it out. Nice bitterness, good head & lacing, good lingering flavour. In the depths of winter would I go another? Most likely, yes, but iíd probably rather an Imperial...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkel07 (4980) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2009
330ml bottle. Pours thick and syrupy and is a midnight black colour with a fine smattering of tiny bubbles skimming across the top. Burnt malt, coffee and dark chocolate aromas fill the nose. Lively in the mouth and zings across the tongue. Burnt flavours indicative of the style. Well brewed and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stew41 (1907) - Phuket, THAILAND - NOV 22, 2009
Would have picked this as an IS going off the pour alone; dark brown with a choc-orange head. Chcolate and roast on the nose althought with a tingly mineral note. More chocolate to taste however the palate structure is more astrigent than expected. Some dark cooking chocolate lurks as well. Not sweet, but not dry either. Iím not as enthusiastic as some of the other raters below.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2009
Bottle. Pours nearly jet black with a short lived tan head. Nose is fairly light with aromas of roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, a little mocha-like sweetness and a hint of caramel. Flavour has more roasted malt, milk chocolate and a hint of cherry. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel with a bit of fizzy carbonation, full bodied with some bitterness at the end, this is close to being an imperial and would have made a good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sthlm (1270) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2009
[330mL Bottle] Pours black with a tiny dark tan head. Aroma is a little raisin, dark chocolate, some plum, and notes of blackberry. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, a little anise, some sharp bitterness on the swallow, and some dark fruit notes. Medium-thin mouthfeel, finish is slightly dry and of average length. The roasted malt gets close to being too much, but compared to a lot stouts these days, it really is not out of control. When I first started drinking this, I had it pegged at around a 3.4, but the more I drank, the more I liked it. Another good BrewBoys beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 2, 2009
As black as the ace of spades, with a creamy tan head. Strong burnt aroma, lots of coffee and dark chocolate, a bit of roasted nuts and vegemite. Nice full body, quite balanced but perhaps a little on the roasty side. Flavours of coffee and burnt toast, long burnt finish. Maybe they should have eased off on the roast malt, but at least itís interesting. Good stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davros (2710) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2009
Pours jet black with a wonderful chocolate mousse-like head showing great persistence. Aroma shows liquorice, dark chocolate, espresso, milk chocolate, roasted grains and light hops. Quite delightful. Flavours are dominated by roasted grains showing some coffee and nutty notes. Unfortunately there is not as much depth or variety as in the aroma. Finishes with an easy-going roasty bitterness. Good rich body, but could do with a bit more creamy carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jonno (2445) - JAPAN - SEP 22, 2009
I was a bit disappointed with this. From the thin body to one dimensionalty of it. It did feature a decent roast flavour but offset by the above problems didnít leave me wanting more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
highlandlad (1464) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2009
A thick, bone-dry stout. Pretty good as it stands and thereís a solid base here for a good imperial stout IMO. A thick body like this one could handle a few more IBUs and a little more alcohol - 7%+ easily. Itís very aromatic - big dry roasted malt fumes and chocolate milk shake. Very thick, lactic mouthfeel - almost chewy. Soft chocolate and lemonade notes before that ashy, dry finish. Nice work but Iíd love to see them take it a step further and brew an IS. ( 330ml bottle from Platinum Liquor)

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