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


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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
madquacker (1061) - 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 (191) - 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 (1346) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2005
Jet black, with a small brown dissapating head, fantastic lacing. Aroma is sweet, roasty and all things good. The flavour however is a little off the mark. Way too much roast malt, leaving a harsh bitterness and unbalanced palate. Its quite well hopped, but again its overpowered by the roastyness. Dry, bitter finish that is everything but clean. Overall, it was still enjoyed but a little unbalanced

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2005
Bottle. Tar black with small but dense and creamy white head even though it was poured hard. Plenty of lacing left behind on my Duvel tulip. Light aromas of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. This extends to the taste, which finishes a little burnt and is somewhat hollow and watery in the middle. Although the carbonation was fine, the palate was a litte watery as well. I made this initial mistake of serving this too cold as it improves significantly as it warms. Not as good as some of their other offerings.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2005
Pours out deep black-brown with a thin tan head. Pretty heavy in the roastd barley department, both in the aroma and flavor. Leads off with chocolatey/coffee flavors that are just slightly sweet and ends up with a slightly harsh burnt flavor. Not bad, but a little heavy handed in the roast flavor and slightly out of balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (7227) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 25, 2005
Black with a tan head, deep roasted malt with definite chocalatey notes. Smooth and easy to drink, light in the body. Very good.

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