bluevegie (3070) - 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 there’s a lot worse.
RR: Pretty nice on a cold night. Great head retention, and certainly very well-balanced with all the requisite stouty characters. I’d like more of everything but I guess that’s not really the point of the style. Would probably rate it 3.2 or something but I’ll leave the score for the moment.
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very porterish nose and good colour in the pour. The taste is good too but it is a bit thin. It is a good effort but not exceptional.
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUN 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
i was wondering what they meant in the label blurb when they said it was an "Australian style stout" but I got the idea immediately on the first whiff, with an aroma that smells uncannily like vegemite. Flavourwise it's like a cleaner version of Sheaf stout - fairly sweet coffeeish taste initially, then pungent tarry burnt flavours, then sweet lagery hops, then more burnt bitterness. Some hints of gingerbread in there too. Texture's very smooth: light but nicely oily. Maybe a bit too smooth for my liking - I would've liked more rasping roast barley graininess like Surefoot. Overall it's a good un. 7 3 7 3 14
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 28, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
perfectly decent. subdued roast malt aroma. pretty dark. some ginger tang and then surprisingly dry. no real burnt flavours. soft texture, pretty skullable
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2003 For grand ridge, I've kinda come to expect more. This is a reasonable stout, but not the superior quality of most of what this brewery produces. A little insipid. Nice coffee flavours though. RERATE 180703. The previous was written before I had really developed much of a taste for stout. This is actually a fine aussie stout. One of the best, really, in a country not known for producing stout. I don't know if I consider it world class, but it has a lot going for it, if still a bit thin.
winkle (478) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I’m not a big fan of dry stouts. This was ok, big bitter burnt flavours and a bitter finish.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 19, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2003 Like it more and more every time i have it. Roasty, vegemitey nose. Very nice soft texture. Nicely bitter and roasty, a bit tarry aswell, it actually manages to cover the palate quite well, despite not having a very thick palate. Dry finish. Real nice.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 19, 2002
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark malt aroma, almost black with a tan head that imparts some ’creaminess’. Flavour has a fair amount of coffee but is too ’burnt’ tasting with a very bitter aftertaste. Tastes quite like guinness, for those who like that. I wanted to like this but couldn’t.