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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2004 2003 Bottle. Pours an opaque dark milk chocolate brown with a small tan head. Aroma is hugely roasted malt, lots of fresh barley, and some lightly sweet caramel notes. Flavor begins with an enormous amount of roasted malt. Tastes very fresh and unrefined, that is to say, VERY bitter. I like bitter stouts but even this was getting to be a bit much. Fortunately, the more it sat out and warmed (approaching room temp) the more sweet cocoa flavors began to emerge. Full body, low carbonation. Good rich, oily mouthfeel. The flavor was definitely oily black malt with some dry cocoa, sweet chocolate, and plenty of alcohol esters, quite vinous. This is about as good as any stout I've ever had. Like a cross between a regular roasty stout and a bigger imperial. Amazing beer if you are in the mood for a little less than an Imperial stout. Thanks, James (Mutant) for the chance to try this gem.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2001
coffee caramel nose, and nice easy coffee and burnt hops on the palate. Surprisingly smooth and soft on the tongue, and the alcohol content is hidden quite well. up there with my favourite stouts.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dredd (836) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2003
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%.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (16196) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 8, 2005
Bottled 375ml
Almost opaque color, small tanned head. Charming portwine-like fruity and brandy nose. Medium to full bodied. Roasted, chocolaty, hoppy in the finish, quite alcoholic. Liquerish palate. World class 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2002
Dark as they come, the head is light chocolate brown, large, frothy, long lasting, sheets of lace that cling to the vary last drop. Nose caramel, toasted coffee beans, rich bitter sweet chocolate, and of course malts. Front is sweet, the top medium to full, the finish is nicely hopped, dry, lightly acidic, and a decent ’Stout’ by any standards. Ranks a respectable #291 on my current 1000 beer master list.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - APR 10, 2006
Bottle. Almost black with small head.Nice roasted and malty with a touch of coffee. Also a bit sweet and a bit bitter.

   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!

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