DuffMan (9495) - 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 (2746) - 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 (790) - 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.
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured black with substantial mocha coloured head. Aromas are dominated by milky coffee and bitter chocolate, however a substanital amount of dark berries and sweet malt are present. Palate is super smooth, more milky coffee and bitter chocolate transfer to to the palate. Finish brings some sligtly astringent bitterness, i’d say more from the dark malts than the hops. Sweet malt makes another appearance in the back palate to balance out the dark, bitter malt. Very enjoyable, but i don’t quite see what all the fuss is about...The 3.4 average tells me that most are in agreeance.
TinyTim (25) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black in colour, with a decent head. Smooth and malty favour, very well balanced. I cant say much more than I like this stout, it is very drinkable.
Spesh1 (45) - , AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2008 A freind on east coast described it nicely=
What a great beer - smooth creamy texture, just sweet enough to balance the roast - but not roasted to effect the drinkability - not burnt or tar like and clean finish - comments on improvement - maybe look at hop blend to help clean up a slight harsh after bitterness - but minor points in a beer worthy of the gold medal.
sinkas (293) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - JUL 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Carlisle Cellars
Big bold and roasty, some chocolate notes, very drinkable.
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A biege head good colour,medium size,very dark stout,carbonation seems slightly rapid.Aroma malty,coffee,chocolate, roast smells.Flavour roasted fresh taste of coffee more than chocolate,oat and milk aroma.Malt taste is good,a mellow smooth slight bitter stout.Finish full flavours,bitter roasted.
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAY 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ah the fabled nail stout. Tastes a lot more like a robust porter - lots of chocolate malt and crystal malt flavour, as well as a tarry sam smith taddy porter sort of flavour - which is good. nice licorice/spicy bitter finish, with plenty of body. overall impression is quite sweet and thick in the mouth, a chewy beer. not a bad beer at all, almost lives up to the hype!