mattyhennessy (375) - Highton, AUSTRALIA - MAR 23, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours like a brown ale. Red tan head. Sweetness of sarsaparilla dominates the aromas and the palate. Some molasses and licorice flavours. Almost tastes like a dry stout that has had 1/5 sarsaparilla added. Hops are not overly defined. Also has some dark fruit flavours. Quite nice as something different.
StevieT (919) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A stout in name only, a bit more like a nut brown ale. Only a very mild flavour of sarsaparilla, a but light on for my tastes but definitely worth a try.
M_Sack (403) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark brown pour with a cream head. Aromas of sweet sarsaparilla are pleasant but dominate he aroma. Again the sweetness of the sarsaparilla dominate the palate with a hint of the licorice. I didn't enjoy this beer at all and it came a distant last amongst 14 stouts on beer club stout night.
MarkMaclean (48) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light body with lovely deep red brown colour and light creamy head. Palate pleasant liquorice notes clean taste with subtle hops. Nicely done and whilst not really to my personal taste (don't like liquorice) it's a easy drinking beer.
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Maris (1116) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - DEC 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 330ml bottle on 19/12/2012 (bottle says Brew 1, 10252). Pours a very dark amber with a medium head. Has a strong licorice aroma with some caramel in the mix as well. The flavour is also dominated by licorice, with a good dash of roasted malt, and hints of chocolate and caramel. I don’t really know what sarparilla tastes like, but I think they should have named this a licorice stout. Has a thinnish body and medium carbonation. As observed by other raters, this is a bit of an odd brew but it comes together quite well. Would be terrific for a session at just 4%.
gam (3514) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Large biege head medium carbonation dark red brown pour aromas chocolate sarsparilla cocoa aniseed liccorice flavours roasted chocolate dry cocoa sarsparilla mild not strong fruity dark tastes mild bitter similar sweetness finish okay dry finish sweet in taste malty easy drinking lacks a bit of body
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with very creamy light tan coloured head. Aromas definately improve as it warms. Plenty of liquorice initial with and odd sweetness, lactose I suspect. Some roasted grain comes through to provide some nice balance. Taste is mainly sweet with just a hint of spice and roasted grain bitterness to balance. Thinnish mouthfeel. Bit odd this one but I do like it.
hawthorne00 (2727) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, 13C. Dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of sarsaparilla , toffee, flowers. Lightish body. Not as sweet as expected from the aroma with firm toasty malt, some coffee. The sars and licorice are there and there’s spices in the moderate bitterness. The aroma’s just a bit full on, but what follows is odd but pleasant and quite nicely balanced.
Davros (2220) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours ruby-tinted dark brown with a large, lasting head.
Sweet sarsaparilla is at the forefront of the aroma, pretty much dominating. There’s some soft roasted malt just noticeable underneath.
Lots of sarsaparilla as a flavour too, although the roasted malt is a little more noticeable here, followed by a herbal bitterness. Somewhat cloying.
Body feels watery.
Too bad the sarsaparilla is so overpowering, I imagine this could work quite well if it was more subtle, or if the base beer was richer.