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

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RATINGS: 198   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   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 SABís subsidiary in Da Nang.


Gurst's rating

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Bottle in Ghana. Light chocolate, medium burnt toast flavor. Not very hoppy. There is a nice creamy texture and lactose sweetness. Weak finish.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SarkyNorthener (4071) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2016
Bottle from an African shop in Carterís Green, West Bromwich. Black beer with medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Taste is light coffee, roasted malts and a sweet lactose finish. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
letísDrink (11) - - AUG 11, 2016
Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black, with a good amount of tan head. Aromas of coffee and roasted malt (not particularity pronounced but definitely there), with coffee becoming more pronounced as the beer warms in hand. Not very creamy, but not too watery either. The lactose in the beer adds a pleasant sweet after taste, with hops not being very pronounced in this beer. A good amount of carbonation. This has become my go-to "commercial" beer in South Africa and is probably the best beer brewed by SABMiller.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
WingmanWillis (136) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2016
Bottle at home from Savannah at London Bridge station. Pours black with a decent off white head. Not much of an aroma on the beer, a little lactose maybe. Taste is sweet, bit of chocolate and coffee, plenty of lactose. Not a bad sweet stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen2 (2873) - NORWAY - FEB 24, 2016
From bottle brewed by Tanzani Breweries Ltd at Travellers Lodge Bagamoyo 24.02.16. Mocca colour. Fine pale brown head and lacing. Similarly fine aroma and taste, with mocca and dark malt. Moderate bitterness lingering on in aftetaste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
olsvammel (5995) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2016
Bottle from a supermarket in Nairobi. Smell of dark malts and chocolate. Similar taste, milky and creamy. Fairly light body but it has a milky and creamy touch to it.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
visionthing (4800) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 11, 2016
33cl can as a gift. Pours black with a modest beige head. Malty aroma with nice roasty notes, caramel, chocolate and milk. Medium sweet and surprisingly pleasant, not much bitterness to speak of, but works out anyway. Quite nice.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adamnowek (1831) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 19, 2015
Deep and dark brown colour with a dense head. Aroma is coffee. Taste is dark chocolate. Fairly carbonated for the style, so it has an interesting texture.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mmargarucci (280) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - OCT 15, 2015
Pours an opaque brown. Aroma has slight roasted malt. Taste is not complete full body but does have a toasted malt and nut finish. Better than the standard lagers but a below average stout.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5681) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2015
Rich, deep dark brown coloured body with a thick brown base and a nice, three centimetre tall microfoamed deep brown head - very nice looking. Aroma of roasted malt, light coffee, milk chocolate, figs, prunes, nuts, pecans and a touch of alcohol - nice. Medium-bodied; Assertive creamy and malty flavours at first with some metal twangs and a bit of nuttiness noticeable, along with a defined creamy flavour from the milk/lactose and a good rich sweetness from prunes and raisins. Aftertaste is nice with a light complexity and some minor chocolate flavours to couple with the malt and pit creaminess. Overall, a nice milk-based stout with a rich flavour and nice maltiness - great to sample, perhaps this has gotten better over time, but there isnít much sediment and I donít remember much different from when it was fresh. I sampled this 330 mL can purchased from the Skukuza Rest Camp in/near Nelspruit, South Africa, inside Kruger National Park, South Africa on 21-August-2011 sampled the fourth time after this trip going back to South Africa, in just a few hours with two kids, on 08-August-2015 where iíll surely pick up more of this fine beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goozen (3810) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 2, 2015
Bottle 0,5ltr: Opaque black colored brew with an dry bitter taste with an little bit of sweetness and also sourness. Hints of roasted malts, chocolate and liquorice. I drink the Nigerian under licence version brewed from the Pabod Brewey. Bought this one at Kaystar Tropische Supermarkt, Ganzehoef, Amsterdam-Zuidoost.


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