bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2006 I just canít 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 wasnít 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 Iíve 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!
DrunkenCumquat (86) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 horsemanís 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.
vanvenlo (1103) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - SEP 5, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2005
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
DuffMan (5828) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a tan head, deep roasted malt with definite chocalatey notes. Smooth and easy to drink, light in the body. Very good.
highlandlad (1395) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the best of the Australian stouts. As a style, Aussie stouts tend to be leaner-bodied than their international counterparts, which suits the local climate. This is very easy to drink, even in hot weather, and it goes beautifully with oysters. It poured an ebony colour with a thick tan head. All the usual stout characters are there in the nose: licorice, chocolate, coffee grounds. The medium body can come across as a little thin for the style. It has a sweetish middle with chocolate and dark fruit notes and a nice dry espresso finish. Very satisfying drinking. (Bottle)
Stew41 (1625) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very black, nearly jet black, with a small creamy head. Powerful nose, lifted roast and sweet chocolate malt. Quite overt and somewhat unique. Does remind a little of the Supershine.
More restrained in the mouth but certainly has the chcoclate and roast note. These notes fall away a little and the beer doesnít finish as good as it starts.
IJT (40) - Carterton, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was a bit doubtful as to what this stout would be like, I was expecting a bit too dry, a bit over board on the hops, but it turned out that I was pleasantly surprised. But first from the start, the colour was very dark, yet very bright, with a deep mahogany tint to the light, atop sat a creamy tan head that lasted the whole way, and left lace all the way down.
The texture was very smooth and well balanced, it was malty, but not overly dominant, it is well balanced by the hops, yet they too donít dominant. Itís not very complex, but itís not to simple either, most certainly one of their better beers, hey Iíd be happy to have another.