Brewed by Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company
Style: Imperial Stout
Steels Creek, Victoria, Australia
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.86/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
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CurlyJoe (427) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2018 Really smooth Russian imperial. Thick, totally black with some brown head. Chocolate driven aroma and taste. Hint of bitterness on the nose, but next to none in the mouth. Very smooth, creamy and sweat. Not much ethanol thinness or burn.

GoufCustom (2309) - HONG KONG - NOV 13, 2017

330ml bottle "2016 version" bought at Great Food Hall in Pacific Place, Admiralty.

Looks: Opaque deep Cola black colour with a deep amber hue; Near zero head with residual soapy dark-beige foam which fades in 5 seconds; Good sticky lacing with zero carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant dark malt, with strong roastyness, dark fruits, strong caramel, sticky toffee, Gin-like alcohol, dark chocolate, coffee, strong cream, floral, sugar, liquorices, spices, bread and light grass.

Taste: Strong sweet rich dark malt, with strong roastyness, strong black coffee, strong dark chocolate, burnt caramel, sticky toffee, Gin-like alcohol, dark fruits, floral, strong molasses, woody spices, earth, biscuits, lemon and strong bitter hops and strong strawy grass.

Body: Full body. Very oily palate.

Mouth Feel: Full dark maltyness in a very viscous background. Strong but fairly pleasant Gin-like booze permeates throughout with strong black coffee, burnt caramel, dark chocolates and sticky toffee linger. Notable dark fruits, flowery with thick molasses sweetness. Woody earthy with lemon to round. Heavy but nice!

Booze: the 11.4% abv seems loud in nose and taste at first, but manage to be rather pleasant in that Gin-like flavor with minimal knock-on. Very good!

Hoppiness: Floral, spices and light grass in nose. Earth, floral, woody spices, lemon and strong strawy grass in taste; Bitterness - hops and roast malt - is strong for a lasting, high astringent sweet-bitter black coffee malty finish.

After Taste: Dry. Sweet Gin-boozy and strong bitter to mouth.

Comments: This one's aroma is subtle at first, but the nice dark fruity creaminess brings out the beast in the Gin-driven, sweet burnt roast maltyness like a thick slab of stone. It's also a lot oilier than most RIS I've had, so a little bit lightness and maybe a few more years of cellaring would take out the rough edge elevate this one to a higher level. A solid RIS indeed!

ANZUShophunter (722) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 29, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2017 Updating old records. On tap at Weekend of Darkness at the Scratch. Black oil with rich taste, one of the better RIS in Oz

northropfrye (3743) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 23, 2017
On tap near Hanging Rock. Dark rich cocoa molasses roast anise dried fruit. Not too boozy. A really nice imperial stout.

RoJo28 (119) - - MAY 26, 2017
The aroma has levels. The flavour, someone mentioned leaves in autumn, noting the delicacies of it all. For me, These leaves have been off the tree for a long time. The lie damp in the ground, trodden into the mud. This is a compliment, for this beer offers no pretty colours, but a thick, dark, glorious puddle of mud! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Soupoftoday (86) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2017
Close to being an exceptional imp stout. Luxurious flavours of milk chocolate, coffee, molasses and subtle roasted malt. Problem is the bottle I had (2016) was undercarbed. I like my imperial stouts to be on the low side of carbonation but this was too extreme and as a result felt syrupy. A shame as the flavours were spot on. For the price of this beer you’d expect perfect carbonation.

wrlangin (230) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2016
2015 edition. Very good sweet aroma of toasted malt, chocolate, and anise. Pours black with dark tan head. Very robust but balanced toasted malt, chocolate, molasses, and coffee flavours. Very good RIS. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Countbeer (6589) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2015
Bottle: Thanks BobbyHeenan: Chouffe glass: Almost black body. Creamy beige head. Aromas of roast, some mocha, rice, some grain (roast), bay leaf, fishy, light liquorice, hints of nutty and eRthy tints and a sweet tar tone. Flavour is roasty, malt roast, some bay leaf, liquorice, smooth bitter, even some hop bitters, sweet tar, hint of raisin, thick and black. Very tasty! Aftertaste is bitter, roasty, liquorice, some raisin, bay leaf and more thick black tones. Low carbo, close to silky mouthfeel, close to full bodied. Very nice beer which gets better with every sip!

Muggus69 (2831) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - OCT 23, 2015
750mL waxed Champagne bottle. 2014 vintage. Spot on looking stout - pitch black, opaque, holds a creamy deep tan head. Aroma is sensational - rich treacley caramel maltiness, biscuity, almost waffle-like, baked bread, burnt bread, with lashings of intense liqueur-like coffee & chocolate, undertones of licorice, raisins, vinous red fruits and earthy spice. Smooth body, thick, somewhat velvety with a big drying warming character lending some welcoming warmth & tremendous length. Palate explodes with bucketloads of cakey, pudding-like chocolate & coffee notes, good dose of dark caramel sweetness, powerful bitterness, lingering earthy (hop?) note. Tremendous stuff, well up there with the best Imperial stouts in Australia!

Cam_Dynamite (119) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2015
Wasn’t really sure what to expect with this. 2013 bottle. Huge aroma on opening, lots of fruit, warm booze and vanilla. Taste is bitter vanilla and cocoa, mix of fruits - sultana, raisin, and plums. A lot better than I was expecting. Real enjoyable

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