imaragingbull (570) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Maris (980) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
ALLOVATE (2380) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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)
fletchfighters (1056) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.