Stew41 (1657) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - NOV 22, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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. I’m not as enthusiastic as some of the other raters below.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
sthlm (1255) - Iowa, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[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.
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 2, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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 it’s interesting. Good stuff
Davros (1787) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
jonno (2087) - JAPAN - SEP 22, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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 didn’t leave me wanting more.
highlandlad (1402) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A thick, bone-dry stout. Pretty good as it stands and there’s 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. It’s 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 I’d love to see them take it a step further and brew an IS. ( 330ml bottle from Platinum Liquor)
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the Local Taphouse, Melbourne. Pours almost black with a creamy light brown head. Beautiful aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and vanilla. The flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and molasses. Rich, smooth mouthfeel. Good bitterness that balances this one out nicely. Sweet malty finish. A great stout.
BarossaLuke (536) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I enjoyed this on tap at the Wheatsheaf yesterday and it went down very nicely. A Foreign Export style stout, it has a lovely oiliness to the palate. Very smooth with some roast malt bitterness, but overall well balanced.
johninmelb (1117) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very rich, deep nose with Old Jamaica chocolate, figs and raisins. Colour is as you would expect from the name. Flavour is a classic heavy stout - rich with cocoa, licorice, coffee and a nutty, lingering, malty sweetness. An excellent stout.