hawthorne00 (4143) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 25, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2013 Opaque and very dark brown. Small, tight tan head. Very nice coating all the way down the glass. Roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate aroma. Very singed taste, persistent but moderate bitterness. I don’t mind the level of roast malt, but I’d like hints of other flavours lurking behind it. [3.5] bendybenbeer (39) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2009
Almost black with a large tan head that fades to a lasting coat. Strong roasted malt aroma with vanilla, chocolate and some coffee. That’s pretty much how it tastes too, with some licorice as well. Carbonation a little on the high side for me. Bitterness is very nicely judged. Some astringency at the end too. Have had better bottles than this one, but very solid.
Liked it a lot. Well constructed stout, albeit a tad too much roast malt. Would like to see a little more crystal to balance it out. Nice bitterness, good head & lacing, good lingering flavour. In the depths of winter would I go another? Most likely, yes, but i’d probably rather an Imperial... mkel07 (6437) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2009
330ml bottle. Pours thick and syrupy and is a midnight black colour with a fine smattering of tiny bubbles skimming across the top. Burnt malt, coffee and dark chocolate aromas fill the nose. Lively in the mouth and zings across the tongue. Burnt flavours indicative of the style. Well brewed and tasty. Stew41 (2093) - Phuket, THAILAND - NOV 22, 2009
Would have picked this as an IS going off the pour alone; dark brown with a choc-orange head. Chcolate and roast on the nose althought with a tingly mineral note. More chocolate to taste however the palate structure is more astrigent than expected. Some dark cooking chocolate lurks as well. Not sweet, but not dry either. I’m not as enthusiastic as some of the other raters below. BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2009
Bottle. Pours nearly jet black with a short lived tan head. Nose is fairly light with aromas of roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, a little mocha-like sweetness and a hint of caramel. Flavour has more roasted malt, milk chocolate and a hint of cherry. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel with a bit of fizzy carbonation, full bodied with some bitterness at the end, this is close to being an imperial and would have made a good one.
sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - OCT 10, 2009
[330mL Bottle] Pours black with a tiny dark tan head. Aroma is a little raisin, dark chocolate, some plum, and notes of blackberry. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, a little anise, some sharp bitterness on the swallow, and some dark fruit notes. Medium-thin mouthfeel, finish is slightly dry and of average length. The roasted malt gets close to being too much, but compared to a lot stouts these days, it really is not out of control. When I first started drinking this, I had it pegged at around a 3.4, but the more I drank, the more I liked it. Another good BrewBoys beer. voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 2, 2009
As black as the ace of spades, with a creamy tan head. Strong burnt aroma, lots of coffee and dark chocolate, a bit of roasted nuts and vegemite. Nice full body, quite balanced but perhaps a little on the roasty side. Flavours of coffee and burnt toast, long burnt finish. Maybe they should have eased off on the roast malt, but at least it’s interesting. Good stuff Davros (3309) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2009
Pours jet black with a wonderful chocolate mousse-like head showing great persistence. jonno (2980) - JAPAN - SEP 22, 2009
Aroma shows liquorice, dark chocolate, espresso, milk chocolate, roasted grains and light hops. Quite delightful.
Flavours are dominated by roasted grains showing some coffee and nutty notes. Unfortunately there is not as much depth or variety as in the aroma. Finishes with an easy-going roasty bitterness.
Good rich body, but could do with a bit more creamy carbonation.
I was a bit disappointed with this. From the thin body to one dimensionalty of it. It did feature a decent roast flavour but offset by the above problems didn’t leave me wanting more. highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2009
A thick, bone-dry stout. Pretty good as it stands and there’s a solid base here for a good imperial stout IMO. A thick body like this one could handle a few more IBUs and a little more alcohol - 7%+ easily. It’s very aromatic - big dry roasted malt fumes and chocolate milk shake. Very thick, lactic mouthfeel - almost chewy. Soft chocolate and lemonade notes before that ashy, dry finish. Nice work but I’d love to see them take it a step further and brew an IS. ( 330ml bottle from Platinum Liquor)