Brewed by Red Hill Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Red Hill, VIC, Australia
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
Jet Black and one to be savoured. The mouth feel is silky smooth, the nose has roasted malt and a touch of caramel. A rich deep mocha and coffee flavour, is accentuated with caramel and smoky flavours. Willamette and Goldings hops were used in 3 additions to create an ale with a big bitterness and an assertive hop character. This beer is served using a sparkler top to allow a lightly carbonated ale, yet with a lasting and beautiful white head.

This fine ale is only available from the brewery, on tap and served with the patience it deserves.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 15, 2010
Bottle 330ml. Masterpiece. Aromas of raisins, vanilla, chocolate, liquorice, and a hint of alcohol. Taste is mostly sweet, with nice bitter notes, and very long length. Palate is creamy, and full bodied. Black, with a frothy off-white head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MattMooney (1) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 21, 2011 does not count
Very smooth on the pallet and very drinkable which can be dangerous considering the ABV. Well worth the wait for this famous seasonal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlyingWombat (21) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2011
Enjoyed this beer several times, in bottle, on tap and draught through an English handpump from a cask conditioned barrel...every time it has been very consistant and wonderfully delicious. Pours a thick jet black with a full creamy tan head. Lush aroma of chocolate, coffee and some light floral hops. Big beautiful taste of a classic Russian Imperial Stout with dark chocolate, coffee, caramel and a hints of spice and smoke. Solid body and spot on carbonation. Very well balanced beer, the big alcohol is warming but doesn’t take the slightest touch away from this beer. The finish is long with a soft hop bitterness that is lovely. An excellent excellent beer. Probably Australia’s best craft Imperial Stout (to style).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RyansRatings (43) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 17, 2010
Pours black, with a lovely milk chocolate coloured foam. Hangs around a while too. Smells of white grape, white chocolate, musk, chocolate and espresso coffee. Rich, creamy, sweet and malty on the front palate, the chocolate is king here, nothing else gets a look in, until hints of mixed peel, spice and coffee poke their necks out towards the back palate. An exquisite, indulgent stout. Akin to P.X. Sherry with bubbles. Stunning.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2911) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 18, 2012
Find I’m more akin to drinking Impy’s in the heat of Summer and I’m hoping this year’s Summer brings along plenty of great Stouts. I am off to a rip-roaring start with this one. At cellar temperature and into a snifter. Thick, viscous pour produces a jet black black beer with a wafer thin, yet lasting tan head, finely conditioned carbonation and sticky legs. Strong sense of salty kecap manis, liquorice root and flaked, dark chocolate on the nose; rather dusty with a liqueurish boozy tickle and spice - nice. Satiny and smooth as silk on the tongue. Viscous, with plenty of fill and as much ethanol as it needs to give it a spicy, lengthy warmth. I am definitely picking up notes of salty, sweet soy along with plenty of grunty, chocolate malts, charred, smoked wood and Vegemite - hey, it is Australian after all. Lingers long, balancing the subtle sweetness with plenty of all things arid. Quite chewy, a lot of malt comes through. I am in love with this and I am all of three sips in. What’s that? Ikan Bilis? Why is their salted, dry fish in my beer...., strange nuance to join in on the aftertaste I must say but it works also. As the sun recedes over the ocean I am worried about the inevitable of an empty glass with no way of gaining another to fill it at this moment. This beer is happily not over the top. I can see that age will harmonise the flavour more. I can see that I may need to grab more and surprise my palate with yet another great ale from Red Hill over this festive season. Delicious! (33cL, Mane Liquor, Belmont)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnoff (9593) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2013 First rating
Draught as a pot size at The Scratch, Brisbane. On July 21, 2013.
Black color, dense brown head. Sweet, smooth, cream, roasted taste. Cream aftertaste, also roasted. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness that finishes dry. Sweet, roasted scent.

Draught, handpump from cask, at The Local Taphouse, Melbourne. On July 26, 2013.
Black color, small dark brown head. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Sweet, roasted taste. Sweet, roasted scent. Very nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
varanid99 (1029) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2013
Black pour with no head and very little carbonation. Roasty, slight coffee, dark chocolate nose. Up front is very smooth, a little coffee, dark malt, cocoa, salt, bitterness, winey - a lot of complexity but well balanced. More chocolate at the finish. I’ve shied away from stouts because of my memories as a kid of tasting this horrible black mess, but this is an absolute cracker.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patersoi (152) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2015
The head is a bit thin but the mouthfeel is soft and creamy. The taste is simple but nice - sweet milk chocolate. Like a milk stout. Very enjoyable if that is what you want from your beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2007
Unlike most Americans on this site, who can drink Imperial stouts like tap water, I have had no others of this style with which to compare this. Nonetheless I will give this a try. Jet black with a big foamy tan head. There is a big chocolate and coffee/chicory aroma. Flavour is of creamy chocolate and very sweet. Finishes with an intense espresso bitterness. Flavouful and dangerously drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (5226) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2012
330ml bottle. The crown of chocolate thick foam sits atop a thick black base. This beer looks thick and syrupy in the glass with bitter burnt chocolate aromas. Sticky lacing is left on the glass and the beer is thick in the mouth with a dark chocolate flavour that finishes with a roasted coffee bean aftertaste that is long. The alcohol is contained well and is carried seamlessly in this complex beer. Worthy of a high ranking amongst the best imperial stouts. Probably my favourite from the Red Hill Brewery.

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