maneliquor (2294) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Sail & Anchor. Nice black pour with a small, very dense off white head. Spotted lacing left about. Nose is predominately roasted malts with a touch of dark, bitter chocolate and vanilla. Coffee and some sweetness come out as it warms. Prickly carbonation to begin with, but as it warms it seems to dull down a little and become a touch smoother. Bitter chocolate at the forefront of the taste with strange floral/citric notes on the backend. Works rather nicely. Rather easy drinking. Decent bitterness leaves me wanting more once I’ve put the glass down. Solid but nothing special
Seb24 (6) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2011 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Personally, it is everthing I could want from a sweet oatmeal stout. The roast malts give this the feel of silk in your mouth and the sweet flavour is delicious. The addition of the Goldings hop however, prevents either of the two dominant flavours from being overwhelming at all. It lends the beer the slightest of bites after the velvety roast malts, caramel, coffee and chocolate flavours have all done their work. Easily my favourite WA beer at present and at slightly above chilled temperature on a cold day/night, it wants for nothing.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with mahogany flashes down the side of the glass. Rocky tan coloured head. Nice balanced aromas of roasted grain and espresso coffee. Slight sourness comes through as it sits in the glass and warms. Flavours show plenty of sweetness up front with loats of dark caramel. Roasted bitterness comes through near the finish. Medium mouthfeel. Slightly oily on the tongue. Like it.
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
330ml bottle sent to me my Mulder, drank from a tulip... A dark brown body, nothing of note. The head is medium tan, about two fingers rises and leave a full finger cap for several minutes. Ok lacing... Right away I don’t get much out of this weak head so I give it a couple minutes to open up. Even as it warms, still not much comes through. The front gives off a very small bit of chocolate, a touch of smoke, then you get a weird body aroma. As bad as that sounds its not horrendous, primarily weak and boring... The taste is much stronger but the taste and mouthfeel are distracting. Its very ashy, charred ash, harsh. Some stale coffee and prunes. This is not very good... The mouthfeel is off, over-carbonated and dry is not a good combination.
My first impression of Australian craft, not off to a great start. I we go up from here.
Lunkie (1319) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sweet malt hop aroma. Black colour with great head and lacing. Fruit malt hop flavour with spices. Fizzy palate.Complex a bit confusing.
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at Chris O’s Kook Fest tasting.
Black body with a good tan head. A nice chocolate fronted stout with a good hit of roasty coffee and a strangely floral note. And erm... that’s it. Nice enough, just doesn’t do much.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at chris_o’s "smash Kook’s granny tasting". Alround rating: Sweet roasty maly, bit of chocolate, syrupy yet thin(that doesnt make sence), near no hop. But a nice drink.
sthlm (1255) - Iowa, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[On-tap at Clancy’s Fish Pub in Fremantle] Pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is somewhat weak, some chocolate and roasted malt. The roasted malt comes out more as it warms, as does a decent amount of a sweetish smell. Taste is chocolate, roasted malt, a little alcohol, decent bitterness, and some unidentifiable herbal notes. Medium-thin mouthfeel, very smooth, and the finish is dry, and long, with lingering bitterness, yeast and roasted malt. Well, not the most exciting beer to drink, or rate, but it was well-crafted and I did enjoy it. Will hopefully revisit it at some point.
Stew41 (1625) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
As good as any Australian stout I have drunk in recent times. Very dark brown with a creamy orange infused head. Nose shows sweet roasted malts and a touch of dark, bitter chocolate. Aromas have good presence. Palate structure is quite soft and again the sweet roast and chocolate flavours show the way. Gets a touch fruity and almost citric in the back palate as the chocolate falls away.
DuffMan (5816) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark brown, thin brown cap. Aromas of soy sauce and coffee. Burnt malt bitterness, rich and robust coffee and chocolate flavours. Bitter dry finish. Surprised that this is categorized as a sweet stout, but delicious nonetheless.