maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 15, 2011
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours very dark brown with red hues and little to no head. Roasted malts wrapped in light cocoa powder with a touch of pepper. Some piney and woody notes too. Lightly roasted spice and charred chocolate tones in the taste with a very light smokiness cutting through. A touch of sweet vanilla makes itself known. Pleasantly surprised with this one. Labels play a small part in which beers I choose to drink and the label doesn’t do much for me but the beer has definitely made me happy crispi (107) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2011
pours dark brown, with tan head. very carbonated, but leaves a lot of lace. not much mouthfeel - too carbonated. taste of smoked malt. Davros (3178) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2011
Pours black with brown/ruby highlights and a large lasting head.
Nose shows lots of chocolate, caramel and nutty malt. Nice roasty character.
In the way of flavours it’s coffee rather than chocolate. Seems pretty light on, could us some more malt in there to flesh things out a bit.
Too much carbonation, body is lacking. bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 10, 2011
Bottle. Pours jet black with very rocky tan coloured head. Plenty of lacing left down the side of the glass. Nose if dominated by roasted grain and espresso coffee. Pretty much as expected. Flavours show lots of roasted grain butterness before a fruity sourness on the finish. Thin to medium mouthfeel. ALLOVATE (3014) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2011
A bottle I have kept for far too long, time for a taster as I picked this up mid 2009 by memory! I first tasted this back in 2005 but the venue I had it at and the beer itself left me with little more than a messed up palate and cruel, derogatory notes. Anyways!
oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 13, 2010
Dusty, cocoa and milk chocolate nose, sweet with a lick of burnt sugar and treacle, and mild peppery spice. Big globules of yeast float along the edges of a black as black body. Head rises, then falls to leave nothing more than a ring of tannish bubbles. Black patent smokiness amongst bitter chocolate, heavily roasted coffee beans and chocolate icecream. Well rounded, dry as dry in back and quite full in body with a light prickle of carbonation upfront and smooth from there on in. Residually husky and very smoky, good length. A nice dry stout! (33cL, no date stamp, Dan Murphy’s Mandurah)
[email protected]Svesse (8595) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2010
Porterhouse, Stockholm. Quite much black colour with a mediumsized brown head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, cream and some slight spicyness along with mildly roasted tones. Flavour is quite similar with some dark dry fruityness added.
(Draught at Monk’s Café Wallingatan, Stockholm) Very dark brown colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with chocolate, dark bread, cocoa and ryvita. Roasted, malty taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, dark bread and ryvita. Coffee bitterness in the finish. Medium body, rather dry. Well made and tasty stout. Leighton (21231) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2010
Tap at the White Horse Pub, London. Pours opaque, brown-red with a soft, foamy white head. Roasted malt, brown sugar aroma. Sweet flavor with dark malts, brown sugar, light smoke and modest char. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a smooth, silky mouthfeel. Has a sweet, roasted malt finish with notes of caramel and mocha. Very good. bmeup (679) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2010
Very dark brown. Aromas of rye bread, smokey oak, roasted malt & raisins with a distant hint of liquorice. Smooth medium body and hops that dont dominate. Pretty good. ComradeK (1236) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2010
330ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, just like a proper stout, with a smallish head. The main notes on the nose are dark chocolate and sourdough rye bread. Initially, there is a mild bitterness, tempered by rich malt and roasted barley. In the mid-section the merest hint of sweet lime reveals itself, before moving onto a wonderfully rich aftertaste, much like a high-quality coffee soft-centre dark chocolate. With a deep, complex flavour, this is a wonderful stout, great for the winter months. Having thus far tried three Grand Ridge brews, I am thoroughly impressed. A great local craft brewery!