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 (3059) - 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 (1126) - 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.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2002
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Opaque brown with a smallish short lasting mid-tan head. Medium strong roasted malt and instant coffee aroma. Some fainter fruity sweet malt on glass swirl. Medium thin body, especially for a stout. Insufficient bitter to balance the predominant roasted sweetish malt and coffee flavours. Light bitter finish and aftertaste. Ok but lacks the overall smoothness and balance found in a good stout.
grant60 (185) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
good stuff like swan. a bit light on the taste though. more carbonation than most stout.