Brewed by South Australia Brewing (Lion Co.)
Style: Foreign Stout
Thebarton, Australia


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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2006
Deep black with a creamy brown head that was short but lasting. Aroma consisted of chocolate liqueur, roasted almonds, some sweet molasses and some alcohol. Fairly full bodied, as you’d expect, but it contains the alcohol quite well. The 750ml bottle went down quite easily, but it would probably have been best to share it! A pity it isn’t more widely available.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UnholyBrewing (595) - Central Florida(Upper Hell), Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2008
...bottle. I was surprised with this beer. Nice tan head, with lacing that lasts. Hard roasted malt notes, low bitterness, and a dry dark fruit\coffee finish. I just picked this up to try a new brew, and it was worth it. True to the style, not too heavy, and masks the alcohol well. Decent stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2014
Pours opaque black with tan head, resilient and well retained with good lace. Aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate, sweet toffee, hints of coffee beans and light herbal fresh hop character. Med body, med high carbonation. balanced toasted malts, caramel nutty sweetness, herbal grassy Earthy hop flavour. Finishes lightly sweet, roasted, hoppy and balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BarossaLuke (549) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2012 I’d never had this beer before but since it appeared in the book 1001 Beers to try Before You Die then I thought why haven’t I tried it! Colour is a nice black with a good creamy tan head. Aroma has some coffee and light caramel with a bit of roast there too. Like a lot of Australian and tropical stouts there is also a fruity character to the aroma and on the palate. Mouthfeel is quite rich and slightly slick. A good stout that I would drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - FEB 10, 2008
Bottle (750ml). You have to love this stuff at, 7.4%, $4.50 - $5.00 per 750ml and jam packed with stouty flavors, it is the best beer to buy in Australia money for value wise. Poured black with a dark brown, dense frothy head which was mostly lasting. Aroma was of roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses, some dates, coffee and some licorice in the back. Flavor was of roasted malts, licorice, molasses, some coffee and nuts and a smoky, mildly warming finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation, with a syrupy texture, creamy mouthfeel and a long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - APR 7, 2008
Opaque black with a dark tan head. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Rich dark roast malts with a bit of molasses, smoke, coffee and black chocolate and with a long lasting moderately bitter finish. A great stout!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
winkle (478) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 22, 2005
Last offering at a Lion Nathan beer dinner. Pours a deep black with a mimiumalist head. Aroma as expected - coffee, burnt toast some chocolate but no noticable alcohol. Flavour seemed slightly rough and a tad dusty but very plesant none the less. Chocolate & coffee flavours up front with some powdered cocoa as noted before. Matched the rich desert offering well. Thanks to the brewery rep who gave me a whole 750 ml bottle to taste. Good effort- don’t drop it!.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
strings (377) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2007
Bottle. One of those stouts that starts off with the sort of kick that you could sometimes do without, but once you’re acclimatized, the bottle’s almost done and you’ve been happily inhabiting the land of roasted coffee licorice malted nuttiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mattyhennessy (376) - Highton, AUSTRALIA - OCT 21, 2014
Pours dark and opaque with a slight red tinge. Solid tan head that retains well, eventually fading to nice lacing. Surprisingly sweet aromas of toffee and caramel balanced well with huge roasted malt character. Some bitter cocoa also. Flavour has a large charred malt character, espresso, cocoa with a little of.the toffee sweetness carrying through. Earthy and floral hop character. Unfortunate metallic taste that brings the beer down significantly. Medium carbonation. Like cooper’s stout but a little heavier.

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