Stew41 (1660) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black with a perfectly formed coffee coloured head. Nose doesn’t give much away; faint chocolate roasted notes at best. Excellent texture. Dark chocolate notes, appropriately creamy, on a very low fizz palate. Easy to see why this is the top ranked beer from the house.
Lunkie (1362) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAR 29, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malt aroma. Black coca cola colour with a very big thick foamy head. Malt roasted chocolate flavour with a dash of bitterness. Smooth palate.
omhper (18749) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught (nitro dispensed) at the brewpub. Really black, creamy beige head. Fruity licorice aroma. Intense ans soldly malty with soft, creamy mouthfeel. Tarry, bitter finish. Unlike most nitro dispensed beers it doesn’t feel dead and stale, but rather fresh and complex.
highlandlad (1402) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I missed this by minutes at a beer festival a few months back when it ran out while I paddled in a pool of mediocre-to-crap lagers and pale ales. I was naiively saving this for later while smarter drinkers hoovered it up. I’m not surprised it went quickly because it’s a bit special. At the brewpub, it’s served nitrogenated at 4-6C, which is an improvement on 99.99% of pub serving temps but still seemed a fraction too cold. It arrived looking as black as the hole in Canberra where our tax dollars disappear. It comes with the sort of faultless tight, thick head that is typical of nitro. Great head length. It may have been the serving temperature but the aroma took time to fully develop. Essentially sweet and chocolatey, with the intensity of a dark chocolate liqueur and a solid roasted malt backbone. Fabulous full and creamy mouthfeel, like whipped cream. Very integrated flavour profile - coffee cream chocolates, chocolate ice cream, sweet milky coffee. Very much at the sweeter end of the dry stout scale - there’s nothing sharp about the flavours here. For a nitro, this may be as good as it gets. (Draught at brewpub with omhper)
DrunkenCumquat (86) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2005 On tap at the Wig & Pen. Great, thick, creamy smooth stout with definite cream and coffee tones. Wicked head, thick as they get and oh so smooooth. Cracker palate, very creamy. Only problem is that it begins to taste a tad watery after a while, could use a bit more acohol perhaps.
Peptis (2) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 13, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of flavour in this stout. The most notable to my palate being a chocolate/coffee flavour that provides just the right amount of bitterness for this style of stout. The mouthfeel is great---creamy.
Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Body as black as the night and head opaque. Looks big and is big. Loved the way it wasn’t too bitter and not too burnt - this allowed the flavour of the malts to shine though. Slight sweetness. Creamy mouthfeel. Great aussie stout.
AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
NFOB 04. Opaque black, nice creamy head. Rich, sweet coffee, caramel with smooth burntmalt, choc and coffee, lightly spicy.
Mullo (102) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I found the aroma satisfying. Heavy in roasted malt, which gave it a creamy mouthfeel. Lots of flavour, including a hint of a hint of cherry. (NFOB2004)
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
NFOB 2004. On tap in a plastic cup (sigh). Deep purple/black colour, fairly small head. A very good stout featuring roasted chocolate/coffee flavours. Unfortunately for this beer it is the shadow of its big imperial brother. Nice though.