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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (5284) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 13, 2005
Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and fruits. Opaque, black coloured with a lasting, medium, brown head. Taste is sweet, roasted malty with coffee and some fruit. Well balanced brew, but not too complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fletchfighters (1407) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
A-- Poured reddish black and settled black with just a few tints of red when put near light. Quick fading mocha colored head with just a bit of head retention. No visible carbonation. S-- Coffee, roasted malts and barley with faint hints of lemon. Not a big nose at all. T-- A slightly bitter coffee taste in the front of my mouth. Pretty rich but a smooth taste. M-- More it sat in my mouth the more the lemon came out and it cut down the bitterness. Finished very lemony. Lower medium carbonated and fuller bodied. D-- Easy to drink and nice beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2004
Black in colour with a decent tan head. Standard stout aromas and it was very easy drinking considering the alcohol strength still I was expecting a lot more from this beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 18, 2004
Black in colour with big caramel coloured head. smooth choclate/coffee flavour. Is better slighly warmer than straight from the fridge. Good bitterness afterwards. Thanks Mullet

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bierkoning (12389) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2005
Black, opague. Roasted malt aroma and flavor with grapes. Hints of coffee and caramel. Thick, but also a bit watery for its ABV. Lacks complexity, but the flavor is quite OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2005 not bad at all considering a) the price and b) the simplicity of intention obviously behind it. you get the feeling the brewers just decided to make something big and black. so, lots of sourish burnt flavour, oily, tarry, bitter and tangy, with a light body for the ABV and a quick, dry finish. not very complex or rich, but certainly has some punch from the roast. i tried this once with oysters and the saltiness really worked with the oily/woody stoutiness. THERE YOU GO

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2005
Bottled. Black appearance, no significant head. Slightly roasted aroma. Taste is thick and with some coffee. Finish is malty and a little sweet. A nice, but mild stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2003
Opaque dark brown with a small short lasting tan head. Faint earthy dusty roasted malt aroma. Palate is medium to thin 'n lightly crispy. Medium coffee roasted malt flavours and that faint metallic earthiness again. Finish and aftertaste are quite dry bitter with a touch of tobacco of and a burnt varnish. Alcohol is well masked. An interesting brew but for me the Coopers is definitely better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2004
Plenty of roasted malt in the aroma with a touch of sweetness and cocoa. Opaque dark brown colour with very thin, fully diminishing tan head. Very bitter roasted malts up front followed by a shy underlying sweetness before the return of the roasted malts and a lasting alcohol flavour in the finish. Alcohol flavour is somewhat more subdued at higher temperature and a bit more cocoa is apparent. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for style with some astringency in the finish. At 7.4% this sure packs a wallop. I disagree with the commercial description - to be port-like it would have to have more body and mouthfeel and be sweeter and more complex. This is a good very roasty and bitter stout. Bottle (bottle-conditioned). Thanks, mutant.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UnholyBrewing (595) - Central Florida(Upper Hell), Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2008
...bottle. I was surprised with this beer. Nice tan head, with lacing that lasts. Hard roasted malt notes, low bitterness, and a dry dark fruit\coffee finish. I just picked this up to try a new brew, and it was worth it. True to the style, not too heavy, and masks the alcohol well. Decent stout.

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