mkel07 (2340) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 19, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle. Pours like smooth silky oil, lush, black and rich with a well formed even layer of tan foam. Looks to good to drink almost. Chocolate with a backdrop of raisin and spice in the arom. Full and creamy in the mouth. The flavour rolls across the tongue. As the label says, made for sipping.
jdpeebs (636) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle. Very very very very very very very yuuuuuuuuuuuuumy. One of their best.
stoutyness (2) - AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with a thick, firm head. Great colour, nice and dark. Smells of coffee cocoa, a little oaky, and some yeast. Complex tasting, feels great in the mouth.
maneliquor (1556) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours black with a very dense tan head that sits atop the brew. It lasts and lasts right until the last mouthful and leaves some great lacing. Aroma presents big notes of plum and chocolate. There is also a few notes akin to whiskey/rum in there. Plenty of dark fruits in the taste - very íplummy,í with notes of chocolate and liquorice. Finishes with a sharp note of pine and whisky. Definitely quite boozy but the flavours gel very well which helps overcome that. Mouthfeel is full with soft carbonation. The booze cuts it off a little short, but it leaves that lingering chocolatey bitterness in your mouth for ages. Very nice and a slight improvemment on the original
floydian1 (718) - FNQ Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Matt black pour, dense beige head with a green-yellow sheen showing excellent retention and lacing. Dark chocolate, vanilla, figs and plums on the nose with a light alcoholic presence. Palate is rich and smooth with a largely bitter malty flavour profile finishing with a substantial dryness and pleasant alcoholic warmth. It doesnít have the creamy nutty and coffee elements typical of a dessert stout but this is not a dessert stout and all the better for it.
Theis (11080) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at PapsÝ - Thanks. Black - offwhite edges. Burned, fruity, mentol, fruity, oakey, english licorice, oiley notes, dryness, high licorice, light medicine, herbal notes, high malty, zulu, light tarmac.
ComradeK (732) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a large tan head, which lasts well, and leaves good lacing. Cocoa and coffee are present on the nose, along with a touch of cherry. Mild, herbal hops introduce the beer, leading into a lighter, fruity flavour. Strong milk chocolate is present in the body, and the oak-ageing is quite evident at this point, lending a warmth to the beer which leads into a dark cocoa finish. I enjoyed the standard Heart of Darkness a lot - the mix of imperial stout and Belgian ale, whilst unusual, certainly works well. The addition of oak-ageing, however, just lifts it up a notch. A fine celebratory brew.
Muggus69 (885) - Newcastle, NSW, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Murrays Dark Beer Dinner, and at the Brewery
Hard to do a comparison, with the original beer a bit of a memory atm, but iíll try.
Sinfully dark, dark orange-tan head hangs is dense and menacing.
Aroma is certainly complex with lots of coffee, and dark chocolate, and spice, with the added complexity of toasted coconut and cinamon from the oak.
Viscious, ruthlessly persistant body, seems somewhat more attenuated/drier than the original, still BIG and mouthfilling.
So much on the body to think about, and really I could write the typical sort of rambling novel length description I often do with beers I enjoy, but for me itís got almost a Cherry Ripe thing going on - dark chocolate malts, black cherry esters, coconut from the wood, with spicy kick and alcohol embrace to ruin the whole chocolate bar fantasty and dry out the finish.
Good to see more and more oak aged stuff coming out in Australia. Keep it up guys!
bluevegie (3004) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black body with tan head. Dark fruit on the nose with dark chocolate coming through more in the taste, very smooth, full in body but very easily drinkable.
yespr (26033) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cL bottle. Pours hazy dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is thick malty and light vanilla touch. Dark roasted malty, chocolate and light vanilla. Bitter, dark malty and smooth chocolate mixed with vanilla. Smooth malty finish.