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 ’Stout’ by any standards. Ranks a respectable #291 on my current 1000 beer master list.
thebaron99 (110) - Royston Park SA, AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Burnt toffee flavour with strong slate/steel palate tempered with syrupy chocolate and mollasses. Strong vine characteristics of marsala and port. Sharp bitter finish softens with cellering. Much maligned by many a yokel, this is a mule and it kicks. Delicious with vanilla ice-cream and cold stormy nights. Sooo-eee..
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
As usual - agreeing with Dogbrick on this one - it was OK but just ranks poorly when compared to the other Australian stouts we have been lucky enough to try. There is something really bitter going on with the flavor.
Dogbrick (9809) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oily black with a thin beige head. On the scale of Aussie Stouts I have had, I did not enjoy this one as much as Mountain Goat or Cooper’s, mostly because of the strong alcohol flavor that was present while drinking. It was not as apparent in the aroma, but it really snapped me to attention on my first sip. There was also a little coffee flavor in there but it was like a weed under a big tree struggling for sunlight. The aftertaste is what intrigued me the most because for some reason it reminded me of some of the better Belgians like Westy and Rochefort. The mixture of grains, alcohol and fruit was remniscent of those fine Ales.
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 16, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma with coffee and smoked tones.
Smoked flavor with mushrooms, cookiedough and spices.
Round syrupy flavor.
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2005 This beer has gone up a notch in my estimation since my original tasting. This is one fat malty brew, not overly complex but enough chocolate, coffee, and tar to satisfy my stout loving tastebuds. Bitter, but well balanced and a little softer than Coopers thanks to a thicker mouthfeel. A new winter staple? Maybe.
eczematic (1323) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2005 not bad at all considering a) the price and b) the simplicity of intention obviously behind it. you get the feeling the brewers just decided to make something big and black. so, lots of sourish burnt flavour, oily, tarry, bitter and tangy, with a light body for the ABV and a quick, dry finish. not very complex or rich, but certainly has some punch from the roast. i tried this once with oysters and the saltiness really worked with the oily/woody stoutiness. THERE YOU GO
IslandHaole (1130) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - MAY 4, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Whoever coined the phrase ’Black is beautiful’ must have had a pint of this stout in front of them. Has a thick toffee colored head. Roasted malt nose. Full bodied, strong coffee and dark bitter chocolate. I’ve a big 750 ml bottle all to myself for only $2.75 (USD), a 500 ml can of Guinness costs $4.75 USD here. I know what I’m buying from now on! To me, this beats Coopers. Very impressive, I look forward to having more brews from Southwark.
omhper (21758) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 23, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Almost black in colour. Smokey, fruity aroma. Full- to medium bodied. Roasty with a hint of licorice and coffee, and a salty bitter finish. This is a big, complex and flavourful stout. Yumm.
Octopussy (50) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAR 26, 2002
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
An otherwise good stout spoiled by an overwhelming foul chemical taste, possibly preservative. Will try another to see if I had a bad batch.