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 creamy Irish style stout with delicate chocolate and licorice flavours derived from all natural malts. It is very easy on the palate and offers a moderate alcohol content. Winner of the Champion Beer at the 1997 Australian International Beer Awards, Small Brewery Section.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2008
Bottle (330ml). Poured a dark brown with opaque highlights and a frothy, light brown head which as mostly diminishing. Aroma was of cappuccino coffee, some burnt malts and a mild nuttiness in the back. Flavor was of dark chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee (white), faint raisins and a smoky/nutty finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation, a dry texture, creamy/dry mouthfeel and a good finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
gam (3737) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2008 Small dissappearing head,even with light behind a very dark stout.Aroma,choc,vanilla,malt.Flavour a bitter roasted flavour of coffee plus a sweetness on the tongue at the end.There was something bugging me about this when I drank it,I simply think it was at the end of every mouthfull,lack of flavour and watery,very uncomfortable on the stomach.I definately overrated this stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
strings (377) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2007
Bottle. Quite ok, although doesn’t come with the kick one might expect from the name. Were I a wearer of hats, my head would have stayed cosy and warm. Some good creaminess and full flavours - coffee and gingernuts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChrisTurner (207) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2007
Bottle -- Intense dark red with medium carbonation. Large frothy tan head with little retention. Lots of lacing. Aroma is bitter dark chocoalte with a touch of coffee and roasted warm woodiness. The palate is a little more watery than I was expecting, but still quite round. Up front the flavour is smoky but has a certan thin bitterness in the middle. A perfectly serviceable stout but a little lacking in pazzaz.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
madquacker (1075) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - FEB 10, 2007
Why do we keep rating attempts at stout higher than other beers? Is it because they are more complex and robust. Anyway this was just another stout to me. Caramel and licorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nicko (223) - Ashfield, AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2006
Almost black appearance, thin head, delicous honey coffee aromas. Almost too perfect in the mouth; smooth balanced hop bitterness and sweetness. Jeez I rate this, but what could be the down side? Perhaps a low Alc%, maybe more bite in the mouth, too ’easy-drinking’ for a stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2006
Bottled @ the Aussie Hotel, Sydney. Dark brown approaching black. Rich chocolate mocha aroma lifting nicely from the glass. Generous I thought with true complexity and interest. One of the best on show down under.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2006 I just can’t seem to appreciate the Grand Ridge beers. Poured black with a ruby tinge. Aroma contains soy sauce, brandy, sugary licorice and something burnt. Light bitterness, and a lot of sweetness in the flavour. A bit of a metallic mouthfeel, with a light to medium body, too much carbonation and a short lasting aftertaste. To me, it wasn’t well rounded and, in fact, was a bit of a labour to drink.(6 2 5 1 9 2.3) Re-rate: As with another GR beer, out of the bottle I’ve had more success with this beer. Looked pretty good with a thick, lasting head. Aroma as above, but also with some coffee liqueur and dry roast in the aftertaste. Flavour was less sweet and more bitter (a bit much?), but the carbonation was closer to the mark. Much better, but there are better stouts out there - even in this country!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkenCumquat (86) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2005
Bottled. Jet black, small and quickly receding head, but fairly tight. Pretty dry flavour, earthy with smoked wood notes. If I were sifting through the charred remains of some turn-of-the century Victorian alpine horseman’s hut, this is the sort of beer I would want to set the mood (or might expect to find in the rubble!). A tad listless on the aftertaste though, becomes a bit watery but OK overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
vanvenlo (1539) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - SEP 5, 2005
13 Jul 2005 - Swet with some smokey aroma, very homebrew like and a bit simplistic. Clear dark brow-red colour with low head and ordinary lacing. A bit fruity and some smokey flavour. Light bitterness, smokey finish that is way too thin. Overall - Lifeless and plain.

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