bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours jet black with a decent rocky tan coloured head. Plenty of lacing as it falls away. Aromas are not huge and a little sweet and sour. Am getting some roasted malt, milt chocolate and a slight sourness. But like I said nothing huge. Plenty of dark fruit in the flavours, dark chocolate and raosted malt. Some sourness on the end. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Pretty decent beer.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours extremely dark ruby, almost black, with a rocky tan head that doesn’t last long. Aroma has lots of toasty malt as well as notes of licorice and coffee. Flavour is pretty similar but with some additional saltiness. Quite full bodied with a thick, almost syrupy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation and a lingering bitter finish. A very nice stout, vastly superior to the other beers I have tried from this brewery. As good as any other similar stout being produced in Australia.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2002
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque black body, tan head mostly retained with good lace. Bitter dark chocolate flavour (yum) with some alcohol up front. Strong coffee aftertaste with roasty bitterness. This was quite thick also and really first rate.
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.
DrBeer (829) - 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.
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
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.
Dredd (714) - 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%.
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.
Choos (661) - 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.