ComradeK (1100) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 7, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle, 2011 edition, 2468 of 2500. Pours a thick, opaque black, with a very small tan head, which nevertheless lasts well and leaves decent lacing. The aroma has notes of butterscotch, Bailey’s and Irish whiskey, as well as some lurking herbal hops. Bitter herbal hops up front lead through a touch of oak to honeyed, raisin and toffee muscat, which gives it a luscious feel. There is some Irish whiskey in a warming finish, and a lingering butterscotch flavour. This is a really superb imperial stout. Its very individual flavours stand out from the crowd of standard stouts, and its warming, luscious feel really elevates it above them.
hawthorne00 (3464) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 13C. Black with a tan head that fades to a coat. Aroma of oak, dark berries, grapes, mocha. Very silky mouthfeel. Alcohol sticks out more than expected. Taste has mocha flavours and hints of berries. Not much sweetness at all. Firm bitterness, quite salty. And lots of oak droning on through the lot.
fletchfighters (1399) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 Vintage on Tap at Moorilla Estate (wine bar@Mona)
8% ABV and spent 4 months on American Oak Barrels
A-- Black, pitch black. No light penetrating this puppy. One finger light brown head. Slowly fades to film but the film does stick around for a while. Very little carbonation shown with this and good spotty lacing and a oily dark residue left with this when finished.
S-- Oak, vanilla, toasted coconut, chocolate and more Oak. Oak bomb is probably the best words to use for this as this is very in your face. Fresh oak but not green, ripe oak. Big, bold, assertive smell.
T-- Oak is still very dominant. Still get vanilla and coconut but can make out more Belgian and dark chocolate and just bits of char and ash.
M-- Freshness of the barrel does come out in the feel. Low carbonation and medium heavy feel. Slick and oily with a dry oaked chocolate finish.
O-- The kicker for this is the $25 a bottle price point for a 330 ML bottle. On tap was a bargain for $19. The good points. The barrel version is much better than the regular version. The barrel does wonders and adds a lot of complexity to the base beer. Similar to Great Divide Oak Aged Yet but harsher and, well, a lot more Oak. Needs more sweetness to smooth out the barrel ageing. The base beer would work well in Port, rum or whisky barrels quite well as the body suits it and does improve. Maybe cut it down to 3 months as opposed to 4 months. Easy to drink and well hidden ABV. Was able to drink the regular version and two of the BA version. Age it for a year or two and should be a very good beer and a treat.
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not impressed. Has some reasonable flavours, but you are left craving more.
Jamiedlynch (1) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 17, 2012 does not count
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
With out superlatives. An amazing beer that has a depth and richness that belies its 8%abv. A stunning and rare beer on tap
Ungstrup (34260) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a thin brown head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, wood, bourbon, and roasted malt. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of alcohol, as well as medium notes of roasted malt and wood, leading to a dry roasted finish.
Skyview (5543) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Received 330 bottle (894/1515) via trade with jonno. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with a thick tan head that slowly dissipates to a foamy tan head. Aroma of toasted dark malt, Bakers chocolate, some light soy, floral and citrus hops and a touch of coffee. Taste is full bodied, soft carbonation with flavors of toasted chocolate malt, a touch of coffee, black licorice and soy sauce. Finish has a sharp bitterness at first followed by some dark chocolate malt, soy and black licorice. Very impressive.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 894. Thanks Skyview! I’m pretty sure that one should’t compare to existing beers, but my first thought was along the lines of "07 Surly Darkness"!! This beer easily compares to that pinacle release from Surly. The brown head didn’t last as long as the other beers, but it was initially massive. The chard barrels add a divine balancing flavor to the rich, roasted malts. Some black licorice, coffee, carob and just the right amount of soy make for an impressive offering. And on a side note the labels from this brewery are simple and compelling - a refreshing change from some of the overly complex beer and wine labels crowding the shelves.
maneliquor (3483) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2014 Bottle from Mane Liquor and on tap at Sail and Anchor. Pours jet black with a small beige head. Aroma is very roasty. Lots of chocolate and coffee with a bitter sweetness about it. Some pleasing oak and vinous notes. Loved it. Surprisingly when on tap this got a lot worse as it warmed. Bottle was different however. Some jamminess to the milk chocolate and heavy coffee. Very mocha like with heavy vanilla and oak sweetness. Quite vinous stuff. Works well. Great drop ***re-rate 2012 vintage had in London from Mane Liquor*** still holding up well, touch sweet and fudgey, mouth feel is great and the booze is hidden nicely. Nothing to blow your mind but a decent impy
beerm8 (1) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2011 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Just a heavenly brew,roasty, chocolate, bread, herbs, I could easily call this my favourite stout.I did drink it off the tap at MONA GALLERY in Hobart ,Tasmania.