Brewed by Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
Style: Dry Stout
Mirboo North. Vic., Australia


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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
A full flavoured creamy Australian style stout with delicate chocolate and liquorice flavours from the combination of pure malts. It is very easy on the palate with moderate alcohol content. An exceptional cold weather beer served at cellar temperature. Winner of the Champion Beer at the 1997 Australian and International Beer awards, Small Brewery Section and Best Exhibit in Class 34 in 2000. Winner of Australia’s best Stout at the National Festival of beers 2001 for the second time and a long list of International medals continuing to 2011 with 2 medals for both bottled and draught products. Perfect for beef and Hatlifter pie and all stews and casseroles. Also very popular with many Asian dishes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 10, 2011
Bottle. Pours jet black with very rocky tan coloured head. Plenty of lacing left down the side of the glass. Nose if dominated by roasted grain and espresso coffee. Pretty much as expected. Flavours show lots of roasted grain butterness before a fruity sourness on the finish. Thin to medium mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ALLOVATE (2769) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2011
A bottle I have kept for far too long, time for a taster as I picked this up mid 2009 by memory! I first tasted this back in 2005 but the venue I had it at and the beer itself left me with little more than a messed up palate and cruel, derogatory notes. Anyways!
Dusty, cocoa and milk chocolate nose, sweet with a lick of burnt sugar and treacle, and mild peppery spice. Big globules of yeast float along the edges of a black as black body. Head rises, then falls to leave nothing more than a ring of tannish bubbles. Black patent smokiness amongst bitter chocolate, heavily roasted coffee beans and chocolate icecream. Well rounded, dry as dry in back and quite full in body with a light prickle of carbonation upfront and smooth from there on in. Residually husky and very smoky, good length. A nice dry stout! (33cL, no date stamp, Dan Murphy’s Mandurah)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (23912) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 13, 2010
Draught@Monks Porterhouse, Stockholm. Quite much black colour with a mediumsized brown head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, cream and some slight spicyness along with mildly roasted tones. Flavour is quite similar with some dark dry fruityness added.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7499) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2010
(Draught at Monk’s Café Wallingatan, Stockholm) Very dark brown colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with chocolate, dark bread, cocoa and ryvita. Roasted, malty taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, dark bread and ryvita. Coffee bitterness in the finish. Medium body, rather dry. Well made and tasty stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (16259) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2010
Tap at the White Horse Pub, London. Pours opaque, brown-red with a soft, foamy white head. Roasted malt, brown sugar aroma. Sweet flavor with dark malts, brown sugar, light smoke and modest char. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a smooth, silky mouthfeel. Has a sweet, roasted malt finish with notes of caramel and mocha. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bmeup (600) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2010
Very dark brown. Aromas of rye bread, smokey oak, roasted malt & raisins with a distant hint of liquorice. Smooth medium body and hops that dont dominate. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ComradeK (1081) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2010
330ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, just like a proper stout, with a smallish head. The main notes on the nose are dark chocolate and sourdough rye bread. Initially, there is a mild bitterness, tempered by rich malt and roasted barley. In the mid-section the merest hint of sweet lime reveals itself, before moving onto a wonderfully rich aftertaste, much like a high-quality coffee soft-centre dark chocolate. With a deep, complex flavour, this is a wonderful stout, great for the winter months. Having thus far tried three Grand Ridge brews, I am thoroughly impressed. A great local craft brewery!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
kahn (48) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2010
Bottle - Dark brown with good head. Strong toffee and caramel flavours. Nice heavy dark beer without being too heavy. Great winter beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawthorne00 (3160) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 17, 2010
Pours black, nice finger of tight crema head. Chocolate, coffee, raisins and (oddly) citrus aromas. Body is fairly thin, but perhaps heavier than the ABV would suggest. Carbonated mouthfeel - quite a lot too much. Sweetish fruits and coffee with some burnt malt notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Threepwood (107) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2010
From the bottle, pours dark with a well formed long lasting tan head. Something is a little strange in the aroma, I think it is an unexpected hop smell when I’m looking for roasty malts. Some nice coffee & chocolate aromas are back there as well; suspect I’d get more if the beer were warmer. Quite dry, this is a medium bodied stout with plenty of nice malts and no significant bitterness. An easy drinking and quite tasty stout at an alcohol content that makes it easy to have a couple.

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