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Sail & Anchor Jack Tar Imperial stout

Sail & Anchor Brewery
Formerly brewed at Gage Roads Brewing Company

Style: Imperial Stout
Fremantle, Australia
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Fremantle brewing maestros, Sail & Anchor, have released a limited edition Imperial Stout just in time for the cooler months - the perfect winter warmer. The Stout itself is characterised by a strong malt character and a deep, palate covering caramel sweetness which plays ever brilliantly well with the hop bitterness which come in at 60 IBUs. Notes of espresso coffee and dark chocolate finish off this dark and refreshing Imperial Stout that is a perfect match for a dark chocolate dessert or an open fire.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2013
Black body with short head. Chocolate, coffee, smoke and meaty on the aroma with a fairly smooth palate, drinkable though not too impressive for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2013
Bottle. Pours opaque black with big fluffy tan head and lace. Aromas of caramel, cream, chocolate, coffee, toast and floral + citrus hops giving an almost orange chocolate sweet nose with some yeast esters hinting with some definite pitted fruit christmas cake aroma. Complex, medium full body, boozy notes up front with a malty chocolate, banana, light toast and near Belgian-esq. yeast clove and christmas cake/pitted fruit esters. Finishes lightly roasty acrid with a lingering coffee and complex malt sweetness rounding out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maris (1390) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2013
From a 640ml bottle on 27/5/2013. Very surprised to find an imperial stout carrying the Sail & Anchor name. My recollection is that they do ultra dull pale lagers (noting that they contract brew with Gage Roads). Pours close to black with a smallish tan head which disappears quickly. Has quite a modest aroma for the style, with some chocolate, choc topping and caramel. Taste wise it’s a sweet one, with milk chocolate most prominent, along with some caramel and a hint of soy, This is balanced out quite nicely by a slightly sharp roasty, hoppy bitterness. Has quite a light body for an imperial, with the carbonation low to medium. Ridiculously easy to drink for something that’s 9.5%. While it lacks the complexity of a really good imperial, it’s none the less an enjoyable sweet, winter sipper. You know things are looking up in the beer world when you can buy an Aussie brewed imperial stout at Dan Murphy’s!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALLOVATE (2911) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2013
At cellar temperature and into a shallow chalice this one settled an opaque, near black liquor with a flaccid, soppy tannish pad atop. Road tar, rusted car bodies, star anise, Biltong, fresh cracked pepper and leather comes through on the nose - quite chuffed with its complexity. Mellowing, smoky, roasty and bitter chocolate malt palate; full and luscious with an oily, viscous swallow. Lasting bitter malt finish. Solid peppery hint, Biltong meat and evident alcohol warmth. Liquorice in the back, rich burnt caramel notes throughout with a touch of caramelised rhubarb and plum. Quite an enjoyable, mouthfilling, winter warmer. It works well so I am impressed. A nice Impy!! (64cL, no date stamp, Dan Murphy’s Currambine)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fletchfighters (1410) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 20, 2013
640 ML Jet black, slight bits of ruby. Half finger of mocha head. Falls to a thick collar. Nutty, caramel, and chocolate nose. No hints of the ABV. Follows nose pretty well. Nuts, caramel, chocolate, some gritty espresso in the taste. Some roast and malt but not that thick. Lighter bodied RIS. Not thcik or chewy at all. Perfect carbonation for the style though. Very well hidden ABV for the style. Not a bad beer at all.

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