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


on tap


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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlyingWombat (21) - - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patersoi (6) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2015 does not count
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Shark_Pants (396) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 21, 2015
Inky black with small tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, dark fruits, oak, roasted meat. The taste has oak, port, dark chocolate, molasses, some alcohol. Too thin in body, however. Not bad but needs more viscosity and more complexity to balance out the dominating sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1409) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2014
330mL bottle Bit of a dull pop on opening, presents at thick looking near-opaque brew with small ring of dense dark tan foam eventually forming, and holding. Decent nose to it; burnt caramels, charred grain, medium-roast coffee, cocoa with some dried leafy & stonefruit hop character. Surprisingly not all that thick, low carbonation provides the impression of viscosity but it doesn’t have the legs to carry it all that long on the finish. Quite sweet upfront; dark brown sugar, 50% dark chocolate, strong milky coffee, licorice, leafy, earthy hop character. Bitterness is moderately high, remains somewhat sweet on finish with lingering black & dried fruit undertones. A tasty brew, no doubt. Just lacking a touch of oomph and body to get it on par with the big boys of the style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ngejo (492) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - AUG 23, 2014
Tap. Black, minimal head, tan foam, very bitter, light sweetness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
orange_3084 (127) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2014
Pours opaque dark brown with filmy tan head. Strong upfront coffee aroma. Chocolate and dark fruity sugary notes follow. The tastes is a little nutty, biscuity and sweet, but not overly so with a nice smooth mouthfeel which coats the palate well. Actually get a yeasty taste in this one too. Quite low on bitterness, with a slightly roasty finish that leaves a pleasant warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Imaril (40) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle from Purvis cellars. Smells of sweet/savory pipe tobacco and soft leather. Pours black like onyx with thin tan foam on top. Tastes of bitter coffee and dark chocolate with a hint of rum & raisin. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly carbonated. Hides the high alcohol well, dangerously drinkable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (12058) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle at Bruces’s new pad, thanks to Josh 15/10/13. Mid black with thinnish off white edgework. Nose is cocoa, light plastic, burnt sugar, marzipan. Taste comprises dark fruit, toffee fudge, brown sugars, molasses, chocolate. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, dry finale. Tastes a little life expired not one to age perhaps?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (17446) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2013
15th October 2013
Tasting at Bruce’s new pad. Thanks to Josh for bringing this over. Opaque dark brown beer with a small pale tan head. Palate starts smooth but has a light minerally crispness. Milky dark malt and light milk chocolate. Trace of dark fruits and a whisper of spice. Light dry finish. Nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8455) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle with a bit of age on it thanks to Josh. It pours darkest brown with a small light tan head. The nose is roasty,caramel, toffee, juicy, honeycomb and coffee. The taste is roasted malt, toast, dark fruit, earth, mild tartness, cocoa and coffee with a dry, roasty finish. Medium+ body and fine carbonation. Straight-forward and rather drinkable, if a little uneventful

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnoff (8203) - 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!

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