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 (7468) - 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 (1433) - 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 (1793) - 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 doesn’t 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 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 (711) - 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 (20556) - 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