bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours jet black with large dense tan coloured head. Falls away to all bar the thinnest head with some patchy lacing. Fruity slightly metallic aromas initially before the coffee liquer and dark chocolate comes through. Very decent. Flavours are brilliant. Sweet initially before an assertive, roasted grain and hops, bitter finish. Some alcohol on the finish with plenty of hop resin. Medium creamy mouthfeel. Great beer.
Maris (969) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - NOV 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a 500ml bottle on 27/11/2012. Pours the darkest of amber with a big fine head. Has a strong aroma of chocolate, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, spices and a touch of soy sauce. The flavour is powerful with dark chocolate, strong dark roast coffee, some caramel, licorice and vanilla. Finishes with a very intense, slightly salty hop bitterness. The palate is creamy and carbonation average. This is possibly the biggest, most intense Aussie beer I’ve tried to date, and it’s a cracker - very complex, unusual and well balanced. Definitely a sipper. If this was produced by some US brewery with a big rep, I think the ratings for it would go through the roof. All up, an exceptional brew.
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Albion: Not much on the nose but looks great. However, the flavours are fugacious and rather watery. Besides the ETOH it lacked the boldness and complexity of a good Imp/strg porter. I would much prefer it if they stuck to concocting a better flavoured beer than bump the ETOH.
Jade (407) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coffee, vanilla and roasted oaky touches to the aroma. Dark brown, no light gets through. A ringlet brown head. Strong bitter coffee, hints of vanilla. Very warming, seems to warm the chest.
DeliriumT (354) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours jet black. Smells like alcoholic coffee. Flavours are more robust than I would like. The bitterness is proportionate to the alcohol content but needs more sweetness
Davros (1869) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a small head.
Nose shows soft roasted malt, coffee and faint chocolate.
Hefty flavours, more roasted malt and some bitter-sweet earthy coffee too. Some hot alcohol shows.
Too much carbonation.
Needs a bit of time to settle down.
TheJestersBeer (2036) - SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark mahogany, with a very thin, beige head.
Complex, spicy aroma, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee beans, vanilla, cloves, caramel, toffee, hazelnut, almonds.
Off-dry, full bodied, medium bitterness, balanced CO2.
Spicy, quite matured taste, chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, mocha, vanilla, cloves, candied sugar, yeast, diacetyl, fudge.
Quite complex and elegant, nicely developed, finishes on a dry cocoa note.
oluckyman (1) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2011 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Holgate Brewhouse. Dark brown with a nice tan head. Creamy mocha, fruit and chocolate taste. As described, very easy to drink.
Beersiveknown (2791) - NORTHERN IRELAND - AUG 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thin beige head, fruity chocolate nose. Ruby tinged brown hue witha slight hint of coffee, plenty of alcohol and some red wine spiciness.
BeerCast_Rich (1847) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 22, 2011
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
[750ml bottle, courtesy of Stephanos] Deep ruby red pour, aroma of chocolate and certain amount of alcohol. Sweet, fruity, rich coffee on the taste. Creamy mocha aftertaste. After a while the sweetness gives it a chocolate brownie character. Really nice, smooth and rich. Totally get the kahlua reference (to my shame). Might get a tad sweet after a while, but very impressive. Apparently the only bottle to reach the UK – lucky us