Brewed by Little Creatures Brewing
Style: Foreign Stout
Fremantle, Australia


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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Dread is a much loved beer amongst our awesome community of Hopheads and also within the brewery. Every time the temperature would dip, we would indulge in a little Dread-related nostalgia. Eventually enough was enough and with the release of our first ever Seasonal, we thought it was time for the Return of the Dread. So enough reminiscing... what does it taste like? Well, it’s a formidable but smooth stout. Good balance of flavours through the dark malts and the Fuggles hops, which is what we’re all about in our beers - balance and harmony. If you get your snout in the glass and have a good sniff you’ll notice some chocolate, vanilla and liquorice in the aroma. A sip will reveal a decent dose of bitterness, a long finish and velvety mouthfeel.

Formally a single batch release under the guise of The Dreadnought (7.4% ABV).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CitrusP (60) - Newcastle, AUSTRALIA - JUN 12, 2015
Solid Beer. Pours with a fairly sticky brown head that dissipates to a thinner foam. Lots of chocolate and vanilla in the aroma. Malts are nicely integrated in the taste, chocolate and coffee are the dominant flavours. Smooth, fine carbonation, moderate bitter aftertaste, lingering vanilla. goes down easily on a cold winters eve. Overall a really a solid export stout and impressive for the price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmeup (572) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2015
From Tugun Cellars. Very dark and falling head to thin layer. Roasted malt, rich chocolate, spice and no coffee for me. The fuggles are a perfect match for this most enjoyable Stout, smooth yet has a great bitterness that irons out and covers a decent ABV, nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RafeAU (390) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2015
On tap at transit bar, Canberra. Rich pitch black with brown head. Rich chocolate character is most prominent to me, subtle roastiness, medium body, subtle sweetness well balanced by moderate bitterness. terrific Aussie foreign export stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nicko (214) - Ashfield, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2015
2015 winter seasonal. Coal black, mid brown creamy head. Smoky coffee thing going on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cam_Dynamite (99) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2015
This surprised the shit out of me. Pours a thin black with a small tan head. Nose is very malt, chocolate earthy. The taste reminds me of something between eagle bay BIPA(minus the pine) and old Rasputin. Very roasted malt dominated, some coffee bean and vanilla. Deceptively drinkable. I dig

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (2823) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2015 [As Dreadnaught 8/11] Bottle, 12C. Black with an inch of tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, grass, earth, mild spices. Slightly syrupy. Sweet with dark toffee, chocolate, some burnt flavours, licorice. Bitterness is there and nicely in harmony with the beer, but struggles a bit with the sweetness until the end which leans evermore towards dryness and is a little spicy. Lowish carbonation is insistent and works well. A little sweet for me but harmonious and tasty. [3.6]

[As Return of the Dread, 5/15] Bottle, 11C. Black with a tan head that fades to a cm then is less than a coat. Vibrant aroma of chocolate, anise, vanilla, blackstrap molasses. Lighter bodied and less sweet than the original Dreadnaught, to its advantage. Silky, lowish carbonation. Chocolate, spices, molasses, "high" roasted notes. Bitterness is quite high, but there’s nothing disjointed about it. Alcohol is dangerously well-hidden. Not a great deal of depth, but very nice and pleasingly hoppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shark_Pants (449) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 17, 2015
Impenetrable black with a nice coffee brown head. Aromas of coffee, dark rye bread and licorice. The taste is well balanced between molasses sweetness and coffee/ashy bitterness. Some light soy in there as well. The light body hides the big 7.2% ABV, making it a dangerous but delicious winter sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
swannycellars (43) - Swanbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2015
Black as night with a coffee head. Smells of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, liquorice and pastry. Syrupy mouthfeel with flavours of big vanilla, coffee, bitter choc, liquorice, light bitterness and a spicy sweet biscuity finish which reminds me of gingerbread. Pretty good stout. Especially for the price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosslew (320) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2015
Glad it is back. Super aroma. Light plum, cherries, dark crumble biscuit. Got coffee and smoky element in taste. But this feels nice and smooth. A winter special for sure. 330ml, 1.9std drinks, 7.2%, 70ibu. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkel07 (4301) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2015
On tap at Brewski 090515. Black as midnight with a crown of coffee coloured foam. Great flavour with a thick syrupy mouthfeel and slightly bitter finish.
Earlier Rating: 8/28/2011 Total Score: 4.1
On tap at Archive. Poured black as midnight with a good tan head. Great aromas of burnt toffee and roasted malt with some smoke coming in late. Good solid body with a flavour to match and it carried the 7.4% ABV well. Another winner from Little Creatures.

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