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


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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3539) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Bottle courtesy of my brother. Poured a dark brown with only a wisp of a light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, brown sugar and coffee. Really surprised with the quality of the flavor. Definitely above average for the style. Roasted malt, coffee and caramel predominate. Tones of brown sugar, earth and nuts. A touch of toffee like sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Muggus69 (2119) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - APR 15, 2008
330ml bottle, served chilled. Deep brown body, near opaque, smallish tan collar. Good nose packed full of roasted malt; dark chocolate, espresso, brown sugar, nuts, a burnt woodiness. Medium body, carbonation is relatively low, has a gritty texture, drying roasted quality. Starts with biscuity malt, working its way to heavier roasted nuts, coffee and dark chocolate flavour, finishing with a dry burnt note. Quite a well-flavoured stout.

   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 (3909) - 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 (1112) - 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!

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