Brewed by South Australia Brewing (Lion Co.)
Style: Foreign Stout
Thebarton, Australia


on tap


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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
Brewed in the style of the old London Imperial Russian stout to a recipe perfected over 40 years ago, the roast coffee and almost port-like characters make it an excellent nightcap and winter warmer. Voted Champion Stout at the 2001 Australian International Beer awards having previously been Grand Champion Beer in 1988 and 1991.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
strings (377) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2007
Bottle. One of those stouts that starts off with the sort of kick that you could sometimes do without, but once you’re acclimatized, the bottle’s almost done and you’ve been happily inhabiting the land of roasted coffee licorice malted nuttiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
filthy6 (2) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2007 does not count
Pours a very dark black with a quickly disappearing head. Aroma was a rich a strong, creamy molasses. Flavour was malt heavy with a smoky aftertaste. Really enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChrisTurner (207) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2007
Bottle -- Medium but dense tan head with not a lot of retention or lacing. An almost impenetrable black. Rich and delicious aroma of roasted malt, coffee and caramel. Very strong, but almost harsh, burnt flavour with quite a lot of bitterness. The flavour becomes more complex as it gets warmer. Nice full palate, although perhaps some unexpected wateriness. A very fine brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
vanvenlo (1787) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2007
23 May 2006 - Light roasted malt aroma. Black colour, OK head and good lacing. Light simple malt flavour. Bitter roasted malt finish and awful stark medicinal aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Anglofile (138) - Piti, GUAM - OCT 25, 2006
750 ml bottle. Pours black with a creamy disappearing head. Aroma was rich with molasses and caramel. Tastes the same but with less flavor as you’d expect and more bite. Nice and smooth on the palate and goes down the hatch with an addiction for more. A very nice stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2006
Deep black with a creamy brown head that was short but lasting. Aroma consisted of chocolate liqueur, roasted almonds, some sweet molasses and some alcohol. Fairly full bodied, as you’d expect, but it contains the alcohol quite well. The 750ml bottle went down quite easily, but it would probably have been best to share it! A pity it isn’t more widely available.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - APR 10, 2006
Bottle. Almost black with small head.Nice roasted and malty with a touch of coffee. Also a bit sweet and a bit bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
winkle (478) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 22, 2005
Last offering at a Lion Nathan beer dinner. Pours a deep black with a mimiumalist head. Aroma as expected - coffee, burnt toast some chocolate but no noticable alcohol. Flavour seemed slightly rough and a tad dusty but very plesant none the less. Chocolate & coffee flavours up front with some powdered cocoa as noted before. Matched the rich desert offering well. Thanks to the brewery rep who gave me a whole 750 ml bottle to taste. Good effort- don’t drop it!.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (16197) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 8, 2005
Bottled 375ml
Almost opaque color, small tanned head. Charming portwine-like fruity and brandy nose. Medium to full bodied. Roasted, chocolaty, hoppy in the finish, quite alcoholic. Liquerish palate. World class stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkenCumquat (86) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - SEP 4, 2005
Bottled. Deep black with a nice, frothy beige head. Very strong coffee aroma and flavour, fairly full bodied and with a distictly alcoholic aftertaste. A tad rough feeling, but in a good way; sorta rustic :)

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