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 don’t dominant. It’s not very complex, but it’s not to simple either, most certainly one of their better beers, hey I’d be happy to have another.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Poured black to very dark brown (very dark red under lights) with a thick off-white head that lasted the glass and laced all the way. A very interesting nutty chocolate aroma with some caramel notes in the background. Flavour was caramel biscuits, chocolate, and light grainy coffee. Medium bitterness. I found it a little presence and was just a bit too watery on the palate. Otherwise a very nice stout indeed.
Dredd (687) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
nice well balanced stout, chocolate and coffe aroma’s and a hefty dose of burnt toffee and bitterness.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown colour.
Roasted aroma of coffee and soysauce.
Alcoholic flavour with tones of coffee and decent bitterness.
omhper (19310) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2004 Bottled, thanks duff!
Dark brown, rich head. Chocolate aroma. Sweetish and fairly light bodied with mild, soft mouthfeel mand notes of coffee. Salty finish.
AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2004 Reddish black with a smallish head. sweet caramel/toffee malt, as with most Grand Ridge brews is strong in the aroma. with slight burnt toast/coffee roasted bitterness. taste is sweeter than most Australian stouts, burnt toast and chocolate bitterness in finish
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
smells of molasses and caramel initially but doesn't have the body to follow. Looks suprisingly like coke. Initial flavors are quite sweet and it does have a nice dry finish but there is something funny in there, kind of a biscuity flatness in the middle and it follws into the aftertaste. Shame. The aroma and initial flavor held some promise for my taste.
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 31, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mild roasty stout with some good, strong caramelly malt flavours, a tad thin on the body, but good and smooth.
inenigma (10) - sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 15, 2003
1.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Crap. Absolutely crap, nothing but honey and vegemite in the taste, tried drowning out the Taste with Mountain Goat, didn't work. Then tried washing out with VB (yuk !!!!), but, couldn't sallow that shit so the honey taste stayed at the back of my throat all fucking night long..... Never fucking again.
Trogdor (196) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2004 lightly honied with dark roasted malt.
dark red with nice creamy head.
a little watery, lightly bitter dark chocolate.
medium/creamy body, finishes lightly roasted malt and fruity hops.
a little watery but a nice sweet stout overall.