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

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RATINGS: 197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.3
   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.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Finn (6281) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (11053) - 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).

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (14053) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (16483) - 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)

3.2
   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.

2.6
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beer5000 (5864) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 31, 2007
340 ml can (Tanzania Breweries license). Almost black body with a creamy beige head. Roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Flavor is malty with roasted notes, milk chocolate and a little hint of caramel as well as bitter notes. Medium body, creamy and surprisingly easy drinkable, a bit sweet and one dimensional in the finish. A welcoming break from all the insignificant lagers found everywhere in Tanzania.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2007
Courtesy of a fellow from that other site. Canned. Body is black with a lasting, thumb thick head that is tan and creamy. Mild detergent, toasted grains and sweet malt. Mildly thin body, but not alarmingly so. Sweet molasses/cane sugar fore with milf roast notes, chocolate. Some sugar and cream notes, but no coffee. Finishes with a mild burnt bitterness. Not bad really.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
anders37 (22692) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2007
Bottle. Pours a black color with an off-white head. Sweet malty slightly roasted aroma with some hints of chocolate. Sweet roasted malty flavor with some hints of chocolate. Has a slightly thin mouthfeel and the finish is sweet malty and with some hints of chocolate in the aftertaste.


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