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 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 :)

   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- donít drop it!.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
boozah (7) - , AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2008 does not count
Black stout, tan head with great lacing. Coffee aroma with a hint of dark rum.Thick substantial body, with mild astringency and a pleasingly dry palate. Dark and roasted malt flavours, with notes of coffee, dried fruit, licorice and whiskey. Sweetness not overpowering, and helps hide the alcohol content.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2520) - JAPAN - SEP 22, 2009
A very good stout. Lacking a tiny bit in the nose, this is a big heady malty choco and coffee stout with a bitter finish. Picked up a 6 pack for about 19 dollars so extra points for value. Very nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (3536) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 19, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2013 Black, good beige head. Very little aroma - maybe some malt and alcohol. Slightly syrupy. Deep roasted malts and port sweetness. Finishes with coffee bitterness. Complex dried fruit and cocoa tastes emerge as it warms to room temperature in the glass. Good, but really lacking in aroma. [3.5] 15C. I did wonder whether that one was past its best. It seems it was only further past its best than the others Iíve tried: this is bb 10/10 and quite different. This has port and lemon, some gentle roast malt and licorice. [3.9]

Havenít seen this in Melbourne for some time, so thanks to the bloke walking out of the Prahran Danís with the couple of slabs they get in for him specially for signalling availability. Very smooth well-integrated flavours - firm roast, coffee, molasses, raisins, port. Dries out at the the finish. Welcome reminder that the macro brewers can do very solid stuff if they care to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2009
Bottle. Pours extremely dark ruby, almost black, with a rocky tan head that doesnít last long. Aroma has lots of toasty malt as well as notes of licorice and coffee. Flavour is pretty similar but with some additional saltiness. Quite full bodied with a thick, almost syrupy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation and a lingering bitter finish. A very nice stout, vastly superior to the other beers I have tried from this brewery. As good as any other similar stout being produced in Australia.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 9, 2010
Bottle. Pours jet black with a decent rocky tan coloured head. Plenty of lacing as it falls away. Aromas are not huge and a little sweet and sour. Am getting some roasted malt, milt chocolate and a slight sourness. But like I said nothing huge. Plenty of dark fruit in the flavours, dark chocolate and raosted malt. Some sourness on the end. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Pretty decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkel07 (5221) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2010
375ml bottle. Pours thick and black, like pouring motor oil in your engine. Thick creamy tan head caps off a solid body. Warming roast malt and burnt toffee flavours that hide the high alcohol content well. A good beer from a large brewery.

   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 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 cooperís stout but a little heavier.

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