ComradeK (1023) - The Vale of Dundas, - 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.
RafeAU (113) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 vintage. Pours beautiful black with generous tan head. strong coffee and roasted flavours, not much hop noticeable. Nice subtle sweetness, not particularly bitter. This is less rich in alcohol, maltiness and mouthfeel than most imperial stouts but it completely works for it. An absolutely delicious beer to sip and savour with dessert.330 ml bottle at Nant distillery restaurant.
mattyhennessy (311) - Highton, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tastings of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 editions. 2012 appears the thickest, with 2012 and 2013 seeming slightly lighter. Not as jet black as some imperial stouts. Nose is coffee and cocoa dominated, with some caramel sweetness and a boozy finish, particularly with the 2013 and 2011. Some oakey flavours have also made it into the brew. Delicious
Niksko (336) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a fine tan head. Nose is toffee, caramel, coffee, raisin, chocolate. Flavor is sweet caramel and candy sugar, coffee, burnt toast, rum and raisin, vanilla. Rich, thick and velvety. Oh boy is this excellent.
StevieT (607) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Tipplers Tap. Dark and rich with strong roasted flavours, smooth and a lingering warming bitter aftertaste. Worth a try.
Theydon_Bois (8667) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Bruce’s pad, big thanks to Josh, 16/01/14.
Black with a good sized tan head that retains well.
Nose is light roast, hint of booze, dark toffee fudgedom, sweet notes, chocolate.
Taste comprises big roasty notes, brown sugars, jammy berry fruit, dark chocolate, dark toffee, oaky BA booze backnotes.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, drying finish.
Decent enough for the style.
madmitch76 (15073) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16th January 2014
Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to Josh for another rare opportunity to try Australian craft beer. Opaque dark brown stout with a small pale tan head. Light airy palate, slightly soft. Good tangy dark malts, little dark chocolate and a whisper of coconut. There is a fruity something going on as well. Light dry finish. Comes together well. Tasty.
Scopey (6812) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Josh. It pours near black with a thick tan head. The nose is rich-roast, chocolate, vanilla, coconut, tangy dark fruit and wood. The taste is rich, bitter-sweet, earth, toast, chocolate, blackcurrant, bramble, jam, vinous notes and mild acidity. Medium+ body and moderate carbonation. Smooth, fruity and rather drinkable. Nice one.
Leighton (10969) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared in London - big thanks to the Aussie! Pours black-brown with a creamy tan head. Tangy dark malt nose, some dark berries, burnt wood. Medium sweet flavor, some milk chocolate, wet earth, burnt wood. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Medium sweet to finish, more burnt wood, charred malts, muddy earth. Fair.
jonnyguns (909) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at local taphouse. Pours a black with small tan head. Nose shows chocolate, espresso and some vanilla sweetness. Taste is roasted dark chocolate, hints of espresso and a lingering sweetness. Pretty good beer
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gnoff (7839) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled 33 cl, stubbie, after the brewery tour at Moorilla Estate Brewery, Winery, and Gallery, Hobart, on August 9, 2013.
In the tasting bar, after nagging them to finally look enough for it to find it.
2010 vintage, bottle 0593/2500. Marked 8.0% ABV.
They couldn’t find the 2011 vintage, I was happy for the 2010 though! $25 a bottle.
Clear black color, some dark red and brown hints. Brown head. Sweet, coconut, vanilla, roasted, nice scent. Sweet, alcohol, grainy, roasted, coffee taste. Coffee aftertaste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.
Very nice, one of the best beers I had on my 5 week trip in Oz, so happy I kept bothering the staff until they located one for me. Kept well with age too.