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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2005
Bottled. Black appearance, no significant head. Slightly roasted aroma. Taste is thick and with some coffee. Finish is malty and a little sweet. A nice, but mild stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2007 Bottle. Black colour with a baige head. Light roasted malty, coffee aroma and a light sweet roasted coffee, spicy taste. Medium body and a light alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (34690) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2005
A red-brown beer with a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet with caramel being most dominant. The flavor is sweet roasted and malty, with notes of caramel. Surprisingly I find the body thin. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 Bottle. Clear red brown coloured with a beige ehad. Light roasted aroma of coffee and dried fruits. Light roasted flavour of coffee and dried fruits with notes of hops. Roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11405) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2005
Bottled @ RBESG 2005: Pitch black coloured. Brown dense head. Roast, some sweetness, light medicin, malt in the aroma. Some light cocoa notes. Light coffee, roast, light burnt and some vague liqourice in the flavour. Quite full mouthfeel. Ends on a light roasted and light nbitter note. Nice beer from down under.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1680) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUN 20, 2005
Bottle - many thanks to mullet for bringing this over to Europe
Black bodied. Light brown head, which diminsihes totally. Nose of spices and malts (tofee, coffee). Moderately bitter, moderately sweet initial flavour. Lightly bitter finish. Very nice stout. I really enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stew41 (1942) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAY 17, 2005
Very dark brown, almost black. Looks serious. Attractive creamy coffee coloured head. Soft nose, sweet notes on the nose with a savoury edge. Long palate length that shows quite impressive complexity for an Oz macro. Starts out a fraction lean but develops nice chocolate notes with a clearly defined sliver of tangy oatmeal. Finishes strongly and just a smidgen hard. As per comments below this is a strong contender for Australia’s best macro.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1475) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2005
A brute of a foreign stout and a strong contender for Australia’s best macro brew. Credit to Lion Nathan for continuing to make this in a country where there’s a limited market for stout, let alone one that weighs in at 7.4%. This is far from perfect but I’ll take it over 99% of Australian brews. Poured jet black with a quick-diminishing 1cm head that laced. Aroma of dry cocoa powder, molasses, bananas and brandy-like alcohol. Quite restrained for the abv. The palate is lean for the abv and changes significantly with temperature. Fresh from the fridge, it’s quite full and creamy but nearer room temperature the mouthfeel is lighter and fizzier - generally less satisfying. The flavour is initially sweet and malty, with typical stout chocolate and molasses. The alcohol is pretty well integrated, although there is a bit of a flourish in the finish. (750ml bottle, Camperdown Cellars, best before 5/1/06)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
caesar (6685) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2005
Cloudy bronw color, short brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, licorice, bit spicy. Roasted taste, very malty, some oatmeal? Bitter and malty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (5340) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 13, 2005
Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and fruits. Opaque, black coloured with a lasting, medium, brown head. Taste is sweet, roasted malty with coffee and some fruit. Well balanced brew, but not too complex.

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