bfgill (120) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2003 Dont be fulled, this is no lesser stout but just a little brother. Cascade special stout is just kept out of the publics greedy little hands for a little while - to let it develop further. Leave this one to cellar a bit and expect a much nicer drop, none the less not a bad effort. cheers
Earlier Rating: 10/9/2003 Total Score: 3.7
I quite like this stout. It is not exactly full bodied though and the head retention is quite low. However the faint coffee taste and the bitter aftertang make it quite a nice drop. A bit more body and it would be a very good drop. Id leave it to cellar a bit if you can control yourself. cheers
Winchester (75) - Struggle Town NSW, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2003 Although I quite like stout, this particular drop is overpowering. The scent and taste of strong coffee was too much for me.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2003
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours deep dark brown, edging on black, with a beige-brown sudsy head. Not very good retention, to spite medium carbonation. Instant coffee aroma with sweet caramel coming through. Thin mouthfeel, quite watery infact. Slight tingle in aftertaste. Feels more like tooheys old! Initial bland sweetness with a roasted bitter finish. Bit of coffee and liquorice in the aftertaste. If it had a bit more body and feel it'd be alright.
Fez (17) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 9, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not being a mad keen stout drinker, I was more than impressed when offered one of these. Consistently good brew that sneaks up on you after 8 or 10 pots.... One of the jewels in the Cascade Brewery crown.
CQC (224) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 19, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a bad attempt for the aussies. Mildly burn taste, a darkish colour and a bit heavy on the fizz. It's a bit mild (full-bodied is a joke!) for true stout and after the first couple of mouthfuls I forgot it was!
Not bad for a mass produced effort.
bluevegie (3063) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I thought the head lasted longer than most of the other stouts I have been trying these winter months.The body was medium and more bitter than recently tasted stouts which I thought was good.An alright stout but I will keep on searching.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
A bit disappointing compared to other Australian stouts. It has an oily liquorice mouthfeel and often has an unwanted tang that seems to come from the brewing process. The head often fails.
Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not too bad really. Tastes like coffee, but sort of sweetish coffee.
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Seems OK to me as a relatively new convert to stouts, but nothing special. Strong roasted barley flavour and lots of coffee. The head disintegrates and the fizz is a bit too much - also the bitter aftertaste is a little too sharp for a good stout I think.
dubs (117) - St Peters, NSW, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2002
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Without doubt the worst Aussie Stout. Way to watery and uneventful. More a ’bock’ or some shit, or welcome back to crap stoutsville. Me and Bardie’s homebrew kicks this one’s arse. Oh, and I have to warn grant60 that the phrase ’good stuff like swan’ defeats its own purpose. Peace.