ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2004 2003 Bottle. Pours an opaque dark milk chocolate brown with a small tan head. Aroma is hugely roasted malt, lots of fresh barley, and some lightly sweet caramel notes. Flavor begins with an enormous amount of roasted malt. Tastes very fresh and unrefined, that is to say, VERY bitter. I like bitter stouts but even this was getting to be a bit much. Fortunately, the more it sat out and warmed (approaching room temp) the more sweet cocoa flavors began to emerge. Full body, low carbonation. Good rich, oily mouthfeel. The flavor was definitely oily black malt with some dry cocoa, sweet chocolate, and plenty of alcohol esters, quite vinous. This is about as good as any stout I've ever had. Like a cross between a regular roasty stout and a bigger imperial. Amazing beer if you are in the mood for a little less than an Imperial stout. Thanks, James (Mutant) for the chance to try this gem.
Muggus (193) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got a big 750ml longneck of the beer because I couldn't find stubbies, no problem though. Big aroma. Plenty of roasted malt, cocoa, and kind of spicey too. Pours black with a tinge of red and a foamy tan head. Big flavour! Lots of burnt coffee and malt, spiciness, smokiness, and slight bitterness, possible dark fruitiness? Alcohol is well masked in the big mouthfeel. I'm not a big fan of stouts, but this is certainly a great value for money beer with plenty of good flavour.
OlJuntan64 (1266) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Opaque dark brown with a small short lasting tan head. Faint earthy dusty roasted malt aroma. Palate is medium to thin 'n lightly crispy. Medium coffee roasted malt flavours and that faint metallic earthiness again. Finish and aftertaste are quite dry bitter with a touch of tobacco of and a burnt varnish. Alcohol is well masked. An interesting brew but for me the Coopers is definitely better.
Choos (509) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. I didn't get much aroma from this except alcohol to begin with but agree with another poster it does have cocoa powder there as well. The flavours and mouth feel are unbelievable! My first sip I would have sworn it was cut with a rich desert wine but then quickly gives way to roasted barley & bitter chocolate flavours. Pleasently bitter with a hint of metal. Though well carbonated this still has great mouthfeel.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 22, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I guess comparisons to Coopers Stout are inevitable, and I definitely prefer this. Perfectly opaque black colour which is good, with nice head.
Aroma is more cocoa/powdery than roasty and burnt, but there's plenty of that too, and a bit of alcohol. Burnt flavours manifest themselves more in the flavour, there's a bit of generic fruit at the front of the palate but it's soon dominated by the roast flavours and bitterness. A bit fizzy (I seem to be writing that a lot of late). Bonus points for excellent alcohol:money ratio.
Dredd (663) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
WOW, after trying their average lager, Southwark have hit home with this big, wonderful stout. Just about everything with this one is spot on. Nice flavour with a rich dark roast malt flavour and bitter finish. Big beer at 7.4%.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2003 I am confused. This beer comes from the same stable as some God-awful beers. Surprisingly where the Aussie brewers have a problem with lagers they have no such difficulty with stouts. This has a great burnt nose with the support of a dry bitter finish. The head is like a light zabaglione. Great mouthfeel, at 7.4% I think this is the highest alcohol beer available all year round down here, the Coopers special brews being the exception. I like the viscous nature of the beer, when you fill the glass the previous level still sits there
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2003
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark brown with a rocky head. Roasty, toasty. Thin, with a touch of dryness. Makes promises it can't keep.
dubs (117) - St Peters, NSW, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Re-rate: blabbed on a bit about this before. Alls I wants to say is, this is my fave all time stout. I love it cold or warm, but always in the early AM with a bitch under each arm swaggerin back home for the hay.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark as they come, the head is light chocolate brown, large, frothy, long lasting, sheets of lace that cling to the vary last drop. Nose caramel, toasted coffee beans, rich bitter sweet chocolate, and of course malts. Front is sweet, the top medium to full, the finish is nicely hopped, dry, lightly acidic, and a decent íStoutí by any standards. Ranks a respectable #291 on my current 1000 beer master list.