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


on tap


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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jkm (235) - AUSTRALIA - APR 7, 2008
Opaque black colour with a fairly large tan head. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Roasted malts, coffee flavours. Moderate bitterness in the long finish. - 375ml bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2004
Lots of coffee some caramel smell. It's black, very black... holding it in front of a 21" monitor you can't see though it at all. Tastes like it smells with a bit of alcohol thown in. Very thick and sticky mouthfeel, as the stickiness dissolves from the roof of your mouth you get a nice touch of bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChrisTurner (207) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bman1986 (173) - Broadstairs, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2010
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Anglofile (138) - Piti, GUAM - OCT 25, 2006
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dubs (117) - St Peters, NSW, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mattburns (114) - USA - JUL 11, 2010
A lovely stout. Not overly powered in any department. A nice splendid assortment of dark chocolate, coffee, toffy, caramalisation. Very sessionable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thebaron99 (110) - Royston Park SA, AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2002
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..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkenCumquat (86) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - SEP 4, 2005
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 :)

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