hawthorne00 (2414) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mini growler, 14C. Black with a tan head that sticks around as a coat w spots of lace. Aroma of coffee, molasses, heavy roast, dark berries, licorice, some lighter spicy sweetmeats and floral notes. Alcohol noticeable. Smooth, oily texture. Sweet with dark berries, plums and coffee, roast and some ash come in after a while. Bitterness creeps up and the finish is dry with lingering coffee, tar and a little booze. The balance is _really_ nice though - there’s enough sweetness that it doesn’t seem over-dry or acrid, but not so much that it seems to need cleaning up. Really like that the complexities are ornaments complementary to the main themes. No newfangled hops or spirits, just a big stout with spandrels. Very good indeed.
hank37 (44) - banksia grove, AUSTRALIA - AUG 9, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Sail and Anchor. Generous plum and raisin/choc aromas are backed up by a lustrous, velvety mouth-feel with hits of the promised plum and choc, backed up by some toffee-like flavours and a little hint of vanilla.
mkel07 (3353) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ Scratch Bar as part of the Weekend of Darkness event 190714. The bottled version is one of the more expensive beers in Australia and I’m glad I was able to sample it on tap. While this is a very good beer it wasn’t worth the $10 for a $150ml glass.
Rosslew (199) - AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is of roast coffee beans. It is initially spicy at start but it settles down. There is a slice of licorice and chocolate but it gives way to a luxury mouthfeel that is creamy malt. Finishes bitter. Quality brew.
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grainmerchant (11) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 30, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A bottle purchased from Mane Liquor
A thick syrupy body, Black in colour and a rich velvety mouth feel with every sip. Coffee, vanilla, and rich dark chocolate. Nice alcohol heat and a beer that just wants to be enjoyed slowly and savoured
gnoff (7818) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught as a pot size at The Scratch, Brisbane. On July 21, 2013.
Black color, dense dark brown head. Sweet, roasted, alcohol, warming, some coffee taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Some alcohol aftertaste, also sweet and some wood. Sweet, roasted, alcohol scent.
Travlr (11305) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Beervana. Completely black color, small dark brown head. Aroma of vanilla, plums, espresso. Taste is bittersweet cocoa and burnt espresso.
HopRedHead (346) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the Sail and Anchor. Pours black with a sinister as fuck head. Aroma is coffee beans, dark cocoa and vegemite. Textbook aroma, not hugely different but nice and rich. Taste is chewy - sticky and bitter dark chocolate, slight buttery hops, espresso and soy. Thick body, nice long bitterness which is the highlight for me. Not a dynamically different stout by any means, but better than 'solid'.
stoutnick (506) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2014 On tap at the Scratch. Darkest black. Aroma is subtle malts - lovely smell. Taste is oily big mouthfeel, super rich and smooth. Big stuff. Formally perfect. Palate is lingering malt flavour. Mild bitterness. Overall, the greatest Australian beer currently going round.
Davros (1924) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black as the night with a a tan head.
Nose shows liquorice, solventy booze and roasted malt. Too young perhaps?
Similar flavours with roasted malt, coffee, heavy liquorice and lots of booze.
Too highly carbonated.
The overt booze is the main problem holding this back.