ragesaq (72) - Arizona, USA - JAN 24, 2005
This is a stout? Very forgettable, hardly stoutish at all with a very small flavor profile. dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2005
UPDATED: APR 18, 2005 High light brown head on a very dark brown head. Impressions of coffee and a little chocolate there. Very nice if you want a strong lasting taste. This beer is unfiltered so, unless you want to do it the Aussie way (mix up everything), you have to be careful not to pour the "bitter end" of the bottle. JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2005
Nearly opaque very dark ruby brown with a nice 1cm tan head. Malty, chocolate and caramel aroma, with a nicely balanced taste, malty, chocolate, coffee and some hops. Nice coffee aftertaste. Smooth, creamy and full bodied; very good. Dorwart (2609) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Minimal head that reduces quickly. Low carbonation. Black in color and dark brown around the edges. Nice aroma with loads of malts, molasses, caramel and roasted grains. Perhaps a bit of lactose also. Creamy in the mouth. Dry and a little bitter. More roasted grains, coffee and dark chocolate. Finish is bitter and dry with a coffee aftertaste. A decent stout. MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2005
Bottle @ HBK Black Beer Festival, Nynäshamn Backlog 26 Nov 2004
DocLock (11048) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Plenty of carbon dioxide. Fresh. Good balance. Chocolate. Good finish. Easyly downed. Best Aussie beer I’ve tasted so far.
Pours obsidian (very little light TX) with a big, creamy tan head and TONS of yeast at the bottom of the glass. Aroma of malt, prunes, black licorice, chocolate, and soy sauce. Tastes malty, with slight hops giving way to chocoff, slight soy sauce, and a slight rauchy finish. This one would rock with sushi or smelly cheese. shadey (2166) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Black pour that was suprisingly fizzy. No head to speak of, even with a violent pour. Mild bitterness. Not nearly as roasty or thick as the description. I really like it, but it’s not at all what I expected. ALLOVATE (3063) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 18, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2005 What can you say about a beer that is now recognised as one of the top Foreign Extra Stouts in the world, and it is definitely not due to hard advertising!. This beer pours a typically opaque black with dark brown ends. A head forms, then dies, to lace a sandy trail down the glass. Aroma is very feint, chocolate and fireplace ash, but this beers dominance is all in the taste. Flavour is, to use a cliché now associated with this beer, like roasted coffee and burnt stick, with dry roasted grains, cinnamon and molasses. Becomes very bitter in the back (without becoming astringent) and through to its long smoky, burnt sugar swallow. Light bodied yet quite robust and well rounded. Yeast floats around in the glass, reminding us of good traditional stouts, and helps develop the biscuity smooth feel that balances its bitterly dry edge. Quite nice. mjg74 (3182) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Pours pitch black in color. Aroma seems to be mostly of chocolate with some roasted coffee bitterness. Flavor is mostly roasted coffee up front, then the bitterness comes and finishes off with a nice roasted flavor. Quite a rich stout. omhper (25744) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2004
Bottled. Very dark brown. Chocolatey with tar and coffee. Full bodied with solid, bold mouthfeel, Dryish finish with some hops. Stout!