ChrisTurner (206) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle -- Medium but dense tan head with not a lot of retention or lacing. An almost impenetrable black. Rich and delicious aroma of roasted malt, coffee and caramel. Very strong, but almost harsh, burnt flavour with quite a lot of bitterness. The flavour becomes more complex as it gets warmer. Nice full palate, although perhaps some unexpected wateriness. A very fine brew.
Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very bitter and tastes like coffee (both of which are good qualities). However it is much harder drinking than a stout like Coopers which is still better in my opinion. Good value though.
bman1986 (173) - Broadstairs, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at The New Sydney, Hobart. A strong, dark and very rich stout. Big chocolate and roasted malt flavours with a really nice tang to it. Fair coffee hit thrown in there to boot, quite viscous with a terrific mouthfeel. All in all a fantastic stout.
Anglofile (138) - Piti, GUAM - OCT 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours black with a creamy disappearing head. Aroma was rich with molasses and caramel. Tastes the same but with less flavor as you’d expect and more bite. Nice and smooth on the palate and goes down the hatch with an addiction for more. A very nice stout.
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.
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..
Mattburns (109) - USA - JUL 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A lovely stout. Not overly powered in any department. A nice splendid assortment of dark chocolate, coffee, toffy, caramalisation. Very sessionable.
DrunkenCumquat (86) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - SEP 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Deep black with a nice, frothy beige head. Very strong coffee aroma and flavour, fairly full bodied and with a distictly alcoholic aftertaste. A tad rough feeling, but in a good way; sorta rustic :)
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.
Screech99 (34) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2001
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great stuff, up there with Coopers in the stout stakes, geez SA makes some good stout.