davidm (1936) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 30, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Exceptional beer. Aroma has liquorice, raisins, smoke, and coffee. Flavour is long-lasting and mostly sweet; but there is nice bitterness at the end. Silky in the mouth, and medium-bodied. Dark brown colour, with a thin fizzy head.
ComradeK (1041) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, just like a proper stout, with a smallish head. The main notes on the nose are dark chocolate and sourdough rye bread. Initially, there is a mild bitterness, tempered by rich malt and roasted barley. In the mid-section the merest hint of sweet lime reveals itself, before moving onto a wonderfully rich aftertaste, much like a high-quality coffee soft-centre dark chocolate. With a deep, complex flavour, this is a wonderful stout, great for the winter months. Having thus far tried three Grand Ridge brews, I am thoroughly impressed. A great local craft brewery!
hastey (9) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2009 does not count
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - I really enjoyed this beer. Nice sweet vanilla malty aroma with tastes of roasted coffee, chocolate and malt. A nice beer from the Gippsland region of Victoria.
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.
Nicko (191) - Ashfield, AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost black appearance, thin head, delicous honey coffee aromas. Almost too perfect in the mouth; smooth balanced hop bitterness and sweetness. Jeez I rate this, but what could be the down side? Perhaps a low Alc%, maybe more bite in the mouth, too ’easy-drinking’ for a stout.
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - OCT 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours with an average light brown frothy head over a ruby tinged black body. The aroma suggests an alcohol percentage bigger than the stated 4.9%, like a fortified wine, with chocolate, coffee and roasted-burnt notes with clove and dried fruit (dates). A modetaely bitter finish. Well done Grand Ridge-this is a great beer.
Leighton (11315) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the White Horse Pub, London. Pours opaque, brown-red with a soft, foamy white head. Roasted malt, brown sugar aroma. Sweet flavor with dark malts, brown sugar, light smoke and modest char. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a smooth, silky mouthfeel. Has a sweet, roasted malt finish with notes of caramel and mocha. Very good.
gav12c (119) - Wollongong, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours as black as night with thick coffee aromas. surprisingly fresh hoppy flavour for the style with more of the coffee and caramel finishing very smooth. i will definitely be drinking this again.
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.
bmeup (520) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown. Aromas of rye bread, smokey oak, roasted malt & raisins with a distant hint of liquorice. Smooth medium body and hops that dont dominate. Pretty good.