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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jerohen (2181) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2005
Dutch Ratebeer meeting. Damnit, i was laughing at caesar because he forgot to write down comments for a beer, but now i see i forgot to write down a rating myself! So this one’s from memory (not my strongest point). Opaque, lasting brown head. Roasted malts, coffee and quite some sweetness. Thick mouthfeel, but not overly complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bierkoning (12570) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2005
Black, opague. Roasted malt aroma and flavor with grapes. Hints of coffee and caramel. Thick, but also a bit watery for its ABV. Lacks complexity, but the flavor is quite OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2005
Bottled. Earthy chocolat and fruity aroma. Black color, brown head, good lace. Straighforward sweet strong stout, fruity and roasted chocolat. Pours thick and feels full.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 18, 2004
Black in colour with big caramel coloured head. smooth choclate/coffee flavour. Is better slighly warmer than straight from the fridge. Good bitterness afterwards. Thanks Mullet

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2004
Black in colour with a decent tan head. Standard stout aromas and it was very easy drinking considering the alcohol strength still I was expecting a lot more from this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2004
Bottled- - Very dark head, heavy coffee aroma. Very bitter and strong burnt malty flavors coming through, becoming stronger and more refined as the beer warmed, with a chocolate taste noticeable. A contender for my favorite stout. Must be consumed at close to room temperature to enjoy the full flavour of the beer. Great beer, highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2004
Bottle (longneck): Black with a brown rocky head that diminished fast. Nice aroma of coffee beans and bitter chocolate but developing very strong yeast (vegemite) character towards the end. The flavour followed this nicely, yet I was very dissapointed with the palate. A bit powdery and over carbonated. Would like to try it on tap though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lunkie (1827) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2004
Spicy aroma with black apperance and no head. Burtn bitter malt flavour with smooth palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 3, 2004
Bottled. 750ml long neck. On Sully’s sound advice I went back for this large bottle of super strength stout. Consumed at the end of and Australian Hotel sprint, city drink at the Establishment and an Elephant beer at the BBQ I must admit I was not taking my finest notes. What I do know is that I thoroughly enjoyed this beer (as did the Pom) and that it was dark brown with smooth caramel malt flavour. The strength was not discernable or at least not to me. The rest is a bit of a stretch. Many thanks to the Pom & Glor for he BBQ at their place.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2004
Plenty of roasted malt in the aroma with a touch of sweetness and cocoa. Opaque dark brown colour with very thin, fully diminishing tan head. Very bitter roasted malts up front followed by a shy underlying sweetness before the return of the roasted malts and a lasting alcohol flavour in the finish. Alcohol flavour is somewhat more subdued at higher temperature and a bit more cocoa is apparent. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for style with some astringency in the finish. At 7.4% this sure packs a wallop. I disagree with the commercial description - to be port-like it would have to have more body and mouthfeel and be sweeter and more complex. This is a good very roasty and bitter stout. Bottle (bottle-conditioned). Thanks, mutant.

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