Choos (680) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - DEC 2, 2003
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2 December 2003 New 375ml bottle: Aroma was quite metallic with not much else. Black with hints of red/brown when swished up the sides of the glass, quickly diminishing head. Flavour was sweet, mildly roasty, mildly coffee and with a gentle roasty note and hop aftertaste. Highly carbonated.
Older 345ml bottle: Aroma was a bit coffee like. Very black with brown highlights when swirled. Reasonably strong roasty notes with coffee, a hint of cocoa and strong hopy bitter aftertaste. Highly carbonated.
brewboy (152) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As far as stouts go, this is a cracker. Cascade are now into special and seasonal brews. This one is a tad heavy to start the night, but certainly a top finisher. If anything, a little too over the top in the coffee stakes, but with just the right levels of burnt malt and a slither of chocolate thrown in.
Jahills (151) - Cambridge (Hobart), AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is best stout i have tried, it is smooth, and is full of flavour, quite complex with a mix of flavours. A little coffee in perfectly roasted barley with a touch of bitterness at the finish. Nothing takes over this brew. Grab a pint wherever possible.
Earlier Rating: 10/24/2003 Total Score: 2.7
Smooth and grainy. Flavoursome, and rich. This beer is a good stout but not great like a james squire porter for example. Pretty one dimensional flavour, tastes like coffee but tastes like the malt has been roasted just right. just the right amount of body not to overwhelming but plenty there. If you like a sdtout give it a burl.
farmboy (218) - Barwon Heads, AUSTRALIA - OCT 28, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
You can only get this stuff in Tassie and it tastes pretty much like Cascade Special Stout. This is a fine drop for the southern winter.
Earlier Rating: 7/28/2003 Total Score: 3.8
The best of the 'watery' stouts in Aystralia. You can taste it right from the word go. Afte taste is a little strong, but I love this stuff on a cold winter's night,
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 (3068) - 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.