motelpogo (5530) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
australian hotel beer festival 05, on tap. served at about 5 degrees on a 35 degree day, probably would have been better had those numbers been reversed. anyways it was just a treat to have this whatever the conditions. deep black with a persisten,t dark brown creamy head. aroma of coffee bean, tropical fruit and tar. lusciously thick and syruppy texture, loads of bitter chocolate with hints of stewed prunes and vanilla cream. was only available in sample sizes so i went back for quite a few of these. was quite tough to get all the beer out of the glass, it was that thick
davidm (1801) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2009 On tap. Beautiful beer, nice aroma of coffee, lasting complex flavour, bitter ending. The high alcoholic content is not overwhelming. One of the best beers I ever tried.
Sully (1378) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
NFOB2004. Yeah, a great antidote to the appalling Lawson Lager. Beautiful presence in the glass and great viscosity in clinging to the er plastic cup. A true Russian Impy style with an unctuous oiliness and huge coffee and molasses. Agree that it was the pick of the night. Actually it was a bit of a struggle in not pinching the bit that Winkleís missus left in her sample.
madquacker (956) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - JUN 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very solid with a beautifully balanced high alcohol content. Dirty looking with a nice even light stout taste. Coffeeish and a great beer on a cold Canberra night.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Figure I should finally rate the original Australian geek beer. In 2004 I travelled to Canberra on the release weekend just to try it. I would have given it low 4s back then, but I think my tastes must have changed now. Standard serve is 330mL (in a FULL snifter - geez) when you can get halves of most other stuff, and itís just WAY too much. Nice aroma of tar, raspberries and heaps of woody mid-range coffee notes with little hop. On the palate itís HEAVY. Thereís clearly a lot of roast and hop bitterness in there, but itís just swallowed up by the glycerol-like malt richness. Not sweet as such, just massive. It just desperately needs something (roast, bitterness, acid) to cut through it to make it drinkable. Of course serving it in such big glasses doesnít help either. Absolutely unique beer, perhaps as big a mouthfeel as Iíve ever come across, and a real icon of the Aussie micro scene. Shame I didnít like it more.
fletchfighters (840) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
the essential Aussie beer geek beer.
pours black with just a ringed collar. Much better looking as drank on and get a dark brown head with swirling.
nose is of alcohol, wood, char, licorice, chocolate and dark fruits. Big and bold.
licorice at first and changes to fruit, chocolate, smoke, ash and char. Nice
Thick and coating in the mouth. Still a bit hoppy in the end with some char and burnt tires.
Best RIS in Australia.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I feel dudded. The sample I had failed to live up to most of the previous reviews. Black as black can be with a thick and lasting creamy dark coffee brown head. Also had an interesting array of aromas including gravox, ground coffee and a black bean/soy sauce mix. However, the flavour was not very well balanced, and on tasting everything just seemed to compete - all the jumbled up flavours and aromas climbing over each other trying to force there way down my throat. Add to this an annoying tingling sensation that burned itís way into my tongue, and itís crashed itís way down the ratings scale. However, I promise to head down the Hume and taste this one at the pub, and re-rate it then.
jdpeebs (636) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iím just updating my records. Had this beer at the Australian beer festival at the rocks. A great big and strong stout.
mickmac (481) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Black ale with a small dark brown head. Smells and tastes of dried fruit, chocolate and wood. Dense creamy mouthfeel and finishes with a pronounced bitterness. This is world class.
winkle (466) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
NFOB 2004. Pick of the festival. Thick, chewy, big oily molasses/chocolate/coffee flavours covering a big alcoholic punch. Very impressive balance. Recommended.