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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mike8499 (22) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2002
Being from england i was astounded to find a stout like this so far from the mother country. without a shade of doubt the best stout in Australia.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Tap. Exceptional. Aromas of apple, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, caramel, and spices. Taste has a sweet start, with long lasting bitterness. Palate is velvety, with a medium-to-full body. Black, with a frothy off-white head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Screech99 (34) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2001
Great stuff, up there with Coopers in the stout stakes, geez SA makes some good stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2002
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.

   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 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2008
Thick brown bubbly head on a dark stout,good carbonation.Aroma chocolate,very nice note,caramel,malty aroma,milk,vanilla note.Flavour superb caramel and chocolate malt tastes lovely,mild bitter roasted tastes,yeasty,great on the palate,moccha like flavour.This is the flavour I,ve been looking for in a stout of this type,one sip after another,great stuff.Finish cream malt tasting chocolate,bitter tang on the buds,a stout to really enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thewolf (12081) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2011
Bottle @ Oz’n’NZ tasting 2011. [thanks bluebetty]
Dark brown, bordering on black. Small, creamy, light-beige head. Aroma has roasted malts, liqourice, light astringency. Light to medium carbonation, great dry and creamy palate. Flavour is fantasticly balanced. Dry, bitter, roasted, peat, light smoky, liqourice, grassy. Mildly vinious. Absolutely fabulous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - MAY 4, 2002
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2002
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2003
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

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