ALLOVATE (2522) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Up and down balls for these boys in the south. Batch-by-batch have extremes, obviously! This tasting is from a batch bottled in January this year and the notes are raw.
Malty, chocolaty, hefty cocoa hit, milder signs of lightly toasted coffee beans and cola candy. Pours a murky, muddy brown, naturally conditioned its carbonation is fine, sluggish and keeps aloft a dense, though thin tan coloured pad. A lot of thick, liqueurish and yet oddly dusty malts in the mouth. Big wads of melted chocolate over chocolate icecream and Irish cream liqueur. Sweet upfront with an assertive nuttiness joining into the swallow making this one a long and complex brew. Nice length of broad malts, sticky and viscous as it heads south. Body is velvety, the carbonation soft and unobtrusive. Very well rounded and in-sync. This was a lovely brew. (33cL, 6.2% ABV, bottle from the brewery)
highlandlad (1432) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2006
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Australian imperial stouts are as rare as Australians who hate cricket, so it’s a pity this is so poor. The first warning sign was the pour. This is the noisiest stout I have encountered. Think Coca Cola and you’re on the right lines. It was all sizzle and splutter as the 1.5cm head fizzled away to a skinny ring of tiny bubbles around the rim of the glass. Two minutes after the pour it looked like a glass of flat Coke. It smelled better than it looked - charcoal, treacle toffee, espresso - but lacked complexity. There were none of the vinous notes of a great imperial. And the mouthfeel was all wrong. This is medium-bodied, at best, oily with a nagging spritz. Very sweet - treacle again - but one-dimensional. Like espresso mixed with flat Coke. Surprisingly, the alcohol is very well integrated - would never guess this was 7.2% abv. However, there are too many negatives here: too sweet, too thin, too fizzy, no head. (330ml bottle from Purvis Cellars, Melbourne)
Choos (651) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: spiritous and sweet malt aroma. Appearance: poures black with very red highlights. Head bubbles up a bit tan and then flatens to nothing. Flavour: Very sweet malt with some mocha and nut flavours. Some fruity notes and a little cocoa as it warms. Palate: medium mouthfeel and very bubbly.
Lunkie (1508) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 17, 2006
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bitter malt aroma. Dark brown black colour with good head that dissapears quickly. Bitter malt flavour. Fizzy palate.
vanvenlo (1362) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2006
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
21 Nov 05 - Sweet spiritous malt aroma. Dark brown-black colour, head doesn’t retain with suds lacing. Plain malt, light sweetness and highly hopped. Thinnish mouthfeel. Overall it’s a bit plain an uninteresting.
DuffMan (7345) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 26, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Down a potholed muddy road in Yallingup you will find this little boutique brewpub and cafe. Very relaxed atmosphere with the feel of a University pub. Selection of about six beers on tap, also made available in bottles. This is the rating for the imperial stout on tap. Dark opaque brown, tan head that fell flat immediately. Aromas of coffee and burnt toast, palate offers the same but a little on the watery side. Enjoyable, but thin for the style.
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a light brown head, poor retention. Sweet roasty aroma, coffee more than anything. Tastes a little thin, but still has some nice flavours, with a slight alcohol finish. The 7.4% is hidden too well, but its not too bad.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear black, soft drink head. Roasty aroma - burnt toast, chicos, malted milk, soy sauce, cocoa powder, licquorice and coffee - nice! Doesn’t taste as good as it smells; lightly sweet with malted milk, though none of the roasty character that the aroma promises. Too thin and fizzy for a beer of such strength. Pretty decent.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Absolutely black with a big tan head which colapses quickly. Strong molases like aroma. Flavour is very sweet in the beginning, then there is a kind of smoky meatiness and finally a slight roast coffee bitterness. A reasonably complex beer, much better than their other efforts.
omhper (20449) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Black, no head. Some coffee aroma. Medium bodied with clean, hard mouthfeel. Surprisingly lacking in flavour for a beer of this size. There’s some coffee and molasses in the finish, but on the whole it is pretty disappointing.