jkm (235) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque black colour with a tan head. Average carbonation. Coffee malt flavors. Moderate bitterness. Quite enjoyable. 375ml bottle.
Earlier Rating: 7/30/2007 Total Score: 3.1
Opaque dark black in colour with a thin tan head. Thin to medium bodied with average carbonation. Fizzy mouthfeel and a little watery. Roast and sweet malty flavours with a little coffee coming through, more so in the aftertaste. Would have been nicer if it had a little more bitterness and wasn’t so watery. It only had a lightly bitter finish. Bottle labelled "Cascade Stout" with no mention of "Special". - 375ml brown glass bottle.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Roast coffee greets the nose, some dark chocolate too, dark brown, pours a small cappuccino head. Full taste of coffee, dark chocolate with some treacle. Medium bodied, pleasantly bitter. Good. Thanks to Michael Robis at Chesters.
DuffMan (9253) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It was starting to rain toward the end of Hobart pubcrawl, so we ducked into a piano bar of all places and had a couple of these. Reallly dark brown, oily pour with a foamy brown head that eases into a chunky layer. Mostly coffee and bitter chocolate on the nose. Flavours of coffee, chocolate and some anise. Well balanced with mild bitterness. Silky mouthfeel. Very enjoyable.
Earlier Rating: 6/27/2005 Total Score: 3.2
Dark brown with a tan head. Good roasty malt nose with the addition of coffe and a little charred character to palate. Definitely bitter. Very nice.
Tanker12 (173) - USA - AUG 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Maybe it was because I had been surrounded by boring oz beers for a few weeks but this beer was great. Nice dark appearance and a very thick pallet. the flavor was of dark malts and coffee. I want to try this beer again and see if it as good as I remembered it.
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
375 ml bottle - Opaque black with a browny beige head. Low to medium carbonation. Full bodied an smooth with sweet roasted malt, caramel and maybe a bit of the black chocolate/coffee, No bitterness to speak of although not overly sweet either. Quite enjoyable.
Earlier Rating: 7/8/2007 Total Score: 3.6
375 ml bottle - Pours thick and black with a mostly lasting frothy brown head. Low to medium carbonation. Rich heavily roasted malt with with coffee and a just a touch of licorice. A bit of alcohol in the finish. Only a very mild bitterness but neither is it overly sweet. Far from perfect but quite enjoyable.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 31, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted 31/05/2007. 330ml bottle, with the tasting group, at Brendon’s. Nose of sweet roast coffee, slightly grain and a wee touch of cardboard. Smooth roastiness in the mouth, nice sweet underbelly, just a ltouch of hops (probably well below style here). Roast barley give that edge that almost hints at sourness. Perhaps a shade tired but undoubtedly still a very nice beer. Nice Australian-style export stout. A little cleaner, simpler, softer in the roast depeartment, and lower in alcohol, than a classic FES but very very drinkable.
Earlier Rating: 8/23/2005 Total Score: 2.5
Tasted 21/08/2005. 375ml bottle.
Dark brown, near black, with a beautiful dark tan head that, unfortunately, disappears before I get a real chance to appreciate it. There goes a mark or two. Now it just looks like coke. Light caramelly perfumed nose and fizziness is also reminiscent of that old gut rotter. A bit of chocolate just picks it up a little. Big caramel and chocolate malt sweetness up front is followed by a strong roasty malt dryness and just a touch of hop bitterness. A bit lightweight and fizzy - its drinkable but there’s plenty of better stouts about these days. Drop the fizz and I’m sure it would be a whole lot better.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black body with a medium-sized mocha-brown head. The aroma is nutty and has notes of toffee, caramel, and grass. Tastes a bit of sour malt and hefty chocolate thickness. Spritzy and bitter in the finish.
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black colour with a nice light brown long lasting head. Aroma of well roasted malts and some coffee. Great creamy mouth feel! Lovely roasty malty flavour, little bitter-chocolate, coffee and a nice dry finish. Long aftertaste. Great brew!!!
Thunzie (4) - Tamworth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2006 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As a stout fan this is definitely one for fellow admirers. Maybe a little too heavy to drink all night but thats what I look for in a good stout, it’s a great starter. Pours and sits very nicely in the glass and has a flavour that lingers nicely. If you dig a smooth yet mildly sweet stout this will satisfy.
Nicko (223) - Ashfield, AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2006
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Muddy appearance, muddy texture, mud & metho taste. Cheap instant coffee aromas. No, really, it was pretty unenjoyable for mine, and that was after i’d had a couple. Worst Aussie stout i’ve tasted.