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

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RATINGS: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KeefOz (968) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - MAR 5, 2013
Poured an opaque black colour. No head, no lacing. Very low carbonation. Aroma of roasted grains plus subtle coffee. Taste initially quite sweet then followed by roasted grain bitterness on back of tongue. Light body, much lighter than other stouts. Short, sweet, smooth finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vaiz (3567) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2013
Can. Brown pour. Aroma is roasted, brown sugar, malty and somewhat spicy. Flavor is sweet, sugary, watery, a bit thin but clean. Well drinkable but nothing special.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours opaque deep black brown with big foamy tight creamy tan head. Aromas of sweet malts, rum, booze, pitted fruits, chocolate, lactose milk, floral, herbal, lightly grassy hop aromas, light caramel and butterscotch. Medium body, milky sweet light creamy flavour and mouthfeel, a touch of roast and hop bitterness. Finish is lightly sweet, refreshing, milky - a touch burnt and a touch vegetal. Not bad for a macro.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
VsXsV (2452) - Linköping, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle. Opaque light hazy deep brown liquid with medium light tan head. Aroma of raw sugar, chocolate, corn, cereal, red berries. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of cereal and light chocolate. Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Quite horrible.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blairgus (2728) - California, USA - JAN 22, 2013
22 Jan 2013, bottle. dark ruby. nose is slightly tart/metallic, slightly sweet dark malt. med, creamy body and mildly fizzy. sweet chocolate up front with slight coffee notes as well. nice enough.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WhoU (120) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - JAN 21, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2013 caramel and earthy aroma, beautiful brown black maroon appearance with minimal head,umami savoury taste with average carbonation which is sometimes higher. Creamy head that lingers though. Medium body although thus far the best commercial scale prodced beer I have tasted in SA. Stamp of approval.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrepintado (1569) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JAN 4, 2013
33cl bottle from international grocery store in Lisbon. Dark color with thin brownish head. Sweetness and bitterness are low to medium. Texture is smooth but carbonation is maybe too high for it. Dried fruits, water, roasted aroma.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3275) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2012
Probably South Africa’s best beer. Not too shabby at all. Damn easy drinking and sessionable for a stout. Can see this going down easy in the saf sun

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
luttonm (2431) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2012
.33l bottle in Juba, South Sudan. Brewed under contract in Uganda by Nile Breweries Ltd. Clean dark black pour with small soapy bubble head. Sweet stout aroma, and quite nice sip of sweet smooth malts. Smooth carbonation, light bodied. Labeled as a milk stout, but not too lactic. Dry sweet finish. Pretty decent

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cantabrian (880) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 22, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2014 How fortunate that we have a large South African community in New Zealand that justifies the regular importation of this beer. So proud are those nationals of their runner-up rugby, when they should worship this champion beer. Here’s a true milk stout that is not afraid of using the word "milk"! The beer pours very dark brown with a reddish tinge and a dark gold head - unfortunately rather thin, which a minor sin of this beer, as I’d prefer a thicker, creamier, sexier head. On the other hand, this is the beer with one of the most wonderful aromas, as a lovely bouquet of blackcurrants, more specifically crème de cassis, arises to liven the senses. The flavours are all so well wrapped together, malt, caramel, chocolate and blackcurrant, solid and round, with just a touch of hops, never too bitter or citrusy, but just to balance the sweetness from being overwhelming. Milky, but not full bodied, neither dry, it’s easy to drink, and one could understand the efforts to popularise this delightful stout, bringing it to a broader domestic audience,from the twist-top crowns to the "Pour, Pause...Engage!"


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