Brewed by South African Breweries (SABMiller)
Style: Sweet Stout
Sandton, South Africa


on tap


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RATINGS: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Choice barley grain is slow roasted to produce a rich dark brew. A unique blend of hops adds a touch of bitterness and a special yeast fixes the unmistakable flavor and creamy head.
Also comes in a license brewed version by Tanzania Breweries, Pabod Breweries in Nigeria and in Vietnam by SAB’s subsidiary in Da Nang.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2008
(bottle - 340 ml) Dark black pour with a very thick brown head. Aroma is sweet and incredibly roasty with some sweet malts at the end. Flavor is very roasty at the start with lots of burnt coffee, roasted and toasted malts, and a lot of cream at the end. Very thin for a stout, almost reminiscent of a porter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rcweir (139) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2008
From can in Pretoria. Thick texture, creamy, semi-sweet, with a little balancing bitterness from the roasted malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ako (166) - Turku, FINLAND - MAR 18, 2008
Very dark red, thick beige head. Sweet aroma... malt, vanilla and berries, maybe lingonberry. Tastes alike, sweet malt and hints of banana. Very, very creamy. Not much bitterness, but a nice finish, leaves a rather different sensation on the back of your tongue when compared to many other brews. ABV well hidden in flavor, you might just smell it, and definitely feel it. I actually liked this very much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2008
1 liter bottle purchased in Ghana in January 2008 by my daughter and drunk by myself, my 2 brothers, and other assorted family on 2/17/2008. This example was brewed in Accra Breweries in Accra, Ghana under license from SABMiller. Pours out opaque dark brown/black with a healthy light brown head that, although it collpsed quickly, persisted as a thin layer for over ten minutes, and left some pleasing lace. Chocolate aroma with some hints of coffee and vanilla. Medium body, smooth, light carbonation, and a generally pleasing mouthfeel. Sweet chocolate flavor, and the lactose is evident, with no discernible bitterness, although it is by no means cloying, and in fact finishes with a soft dryness. Not too bad at all. This is what I would drink if going to Ghana, an unlikely event in any case.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Finn (6291) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 29, 2008
Canned. Deep red/black. A small tanned head that soon disappeared. Modest fruity and malty aroma. Sweet roasted flavor with a sweet bitter finish. OK stout but a bit watery. KI=3.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (11372) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2007
Can - the license version brewed by Tanzania breweries. Almost black with a rusty tint. Virtually no head. Dark coffee aroma and notes of roastiness. Roasted flavour supported by notes of milk chocolate and cocoa added some hints of liquorice. Bittersweet aftertaste. Medium palate. Almost like a Norwegain Yule beer (Thanks to Yngwie for this one)(shared with Finn, 21.11.2007).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (14189) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 30, 2007
Can. Red brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, coffee, malt. Flavour is caramel, coffee, malt, roasted. Ok beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (16529) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2007
Can. (brewed by Tanzanian Breweries) Clear, deep brown pour, with a tan head. Chocolate and coffee aroma, but a bit weak. Nice though. The flavor is quite roasted, but also chocolate and coffee plays a significant role, and there’s also some sweetness in it. It finishes rather roasted. A medium-bodied, quite nice and quaffable beer. (070914)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
emotv (353) - Izmir, TURKEY - OCT 22, 2007
Very dark and brilliant head. Very creamy and caffe taste first on then bit of chocalte taste later. Not stays so much after taste but very nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Can: Deep brown pour with tan film. Roasted barley nose, along with some metallic chocolate. Thin bodied, with a metallic flavor all around. Has a decent barley malt flavor. Roasty, chocolatey, yet mild and subdued. Some light grainy bitterness. Decent for a South African Stout.

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