jrallen34 (3497) - 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 (1560) - 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 (7117) - 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 (5595) - 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 (1250) - Minnesota, 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 (1805) - 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 (7996) - 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.
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Black with good tan head. Medium carbonation and body. Sweet. Roasted malts, chocolate, coal tar, smoke. Smooth and sweet but balanced with a lightly bitter finish.
Davros (2323) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a thick jet black with reasonably-sized head that quickly fades to a thin layer.
Huge chocolate and coconut aroma wafts from the glass along with the expected roasted expresso. Lovely sweet background reminds me of morning coffee on the way to uni. Very slight hops aroma.
Huge roasted malts/grains hit, slightly offset by acidic tang. Well countered by lasting bitterness. Taste doesn’t quite impress as much as the aroma.
Rather smooth, but quite lively carbonation (more than I expected at least). Was also expecting it to be a tad creamier.
Aroma is what really defines this beer. A very enjoyable stout none the less.
Dredd (722) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
At times I wonder if it is hard to make a bad stout. This is a nice, well made stout, but at the same time is it really pushing the boundaries? It pours nice with a nice chocoloate brown colour with mocha head. Aroma is a mix of chocolate, coffee and perhaps a touch of vegemite. Flavour is a mix of the aforementioned aroma’s with dominance of the chocolate element. Bitterness is nice but as Chris points out is slightly astringent. Nice but there are better ones out there IMHO.