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


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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.

imaragingbull's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5910) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2016
Bottle, Nassau Bahamas. Pours a clear dark brown body with a small fizzy brown head that faded to a thin ring. The nose is slightly sweet with lactose and chocolate, some roastiness, a little burnt note. The flavor is pretty decent, not overly sweet, but plenty of lactose. Nicely roasty and chocolaty without any burnt or acrid notes you sometimes get with stouts. Medium bodied with just the slightest bit of cling and soft gentle carbonation. Pretty good stuff, far exceeded my expectations for a South African beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Homer321 (4312) - Melboring, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2016
Bottle from Nassau on a cruise. Sweet milky aroma. Light coffee. Faint chocolate. Taste is a little roasty followed by a light milk sweetness. Like coffee and cream. A tad thin, quick finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SarkyNorthener (4128) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2016
Bottle from an African shop in Carter’s 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
let’sDrink (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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
WingmanWillis (144) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen2 (2914) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
olsvammel (6194) - Örebro, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
visionthing (4829) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adamnowek (1866) - Brussels, BELGIUM - 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.

   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.

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