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 (736) - 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 (193) - brisbane, 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.
Choos (509) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gentle roast aroma with caramel highlights, a hint of vegemite and herbs. Nice oily black looking. Light caramel (again scotch finger biscuit) flavour with coffee and dark roast malt finishes dry. Found it thinner than I expected but really easy to drink.
farmboy (218) - Barwon Heads, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really rate this stout. It's robust enough but without the high alcohol of Coopers or Cascade. I'll be trying it again next winter.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark clear brown. Small brown-beige head. Sweet toffee aroma with coffee and roast grains present. Smooth soft medium-thin mouthfeel. Sweet start with a dry bitter roast coffee finish and aftertaste. Not bad stuff.
OlJuntan64 (1266) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours like an opaque dark brown sump oil and almost as headless. Big golden syrup sweet and roasted malt aroma. Medium thin body, very low carb, medium smoothness mouth feel. Medium to light sweetness and bitter roasted malt and coffee flavours. Softish sweet finish tending to light bitter sweet aftertaste. Didn't get all the yeastiness that others reported in either the aroma or flavour. A bit thin in texture but overall quite pleasant
bluevegie (3004) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very little head but that didn't matter cos the taste is what I like, smoooooooth. Vegemite yeasty nose, dry coffee flavours, good colour and nice bitter finish. Cheers!
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2005 Black (obviously) with not much head retention and bubbles forming on the side of the glass like a soft drink. Aroma quite grainy and roasty. Roasty, coffee flavours and fairly bitter but lacking malt presence. Very thin body and quite fizzy (not good in a stout.) I have never really liked this beer but thereís a lot worse.
RR: Pretty nice on a cold night. Great head retention, and certainly very well-balanced with all the requisite stouty characters. Iíd like more of everything but I guess thatís not really the point of the style. Would probably rate it 3.2 or something but Iíll leave the score for the moment.