highlandlad (1412) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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)
Lunkie (1392) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2004
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Spicy aroma with black apperance and no head. Burtn bitter malt flavour with smooth palate.
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
eczematic (1319) - 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
OlJuntan64 (1265) - 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.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 18, 2004
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black in colour with big caramel coloured head. smooth choclate/coffee flavour. Is better slighly warmer than straight from the fridge. Good bitterness afterwards.
vanvenlo (1191) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2007
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
Muggus69 (1132) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUN 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Been a long time since i’ve had one of these - use to bring a couple of longnecks with me to parties back in the day.
Pours a red highlighted jet black body, deep tan head is dense and paints lace in its wake.
Nice rich nose dominated by bitter chocolate, rich caramel, medium roast coffee with undertones of raisin and earthy spice.
Carbonation reasonably low, texture is smooth, almost oily. Body perhaps not as thick as first expected, certainly very full and luscious but not in Imperial territory. Carries the substantial abv well.
Big hit of cocoa upfront on the body, supported by sweet toffee and roast nuts, more roasted characters of coffee grinds and charcoal, leading onto a complex fruity characteristic reminiscent of bitter orange peel and dried Cabernet Sauvignon grapes (yeah, bit out of the blue there...). Bitter finish, dries out a fair bit with a lingering minerally, earthy spice (hop derived? POR?). Alcohol sneaks through almost undetected.
Pretty much the bench mark for all Australian Foreign Stouts to be judged upon. Plenty of lovely roast malt character, excellent balance, big enough to carry the flavour well without being overwelmingly huge and over the top.
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - 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.
fletchfighters (1031) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A-- Poured reddish black and settled black with just a few tints of red when put near light. Quick fading mocha colored head with just a bit of head retention. No visible carbonation.
S-- Coffee, roasted malts and barley with faint hints of lemon. Not a big nose at all.
T-- A slightly bitter coffee taste in the front of my mouth. Pretty rich but a smooth taste.
M-- More it sat in my mouth the more the lemon came out and it cut down the bitterness. Finished very lemony. Lower medium carbonated and fuller bodied.
D-- Easy to drink and nice beer