Formerly brewed at Malt Shovel Brewery (Lion Co.)
Style: Imperial Stout
Sydney, Australia
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.16/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FlyingWombat (21) - - JUN 13, 2011
Tried this stout twice in the last two nights, first on tap at the Melbourne James Squire Brewhouse and now in the bottle. Poured from 640ml bottle into tulip glass, black with a red-brown tinge. Decent tan headLooks like an average stout with a its frizziness. Aroma is soft with roasted malt, cereal and some licorice. Taste is more roasted malt, unbalanced with some sweetness and...woah..a whole lot of diacetyl! Yep, butter-like diacetyl kicks in and overpowers. The carbonation is medium and the body needs to be smoother. Overall, from a large brewery it’s an ok stout and it was drinkable but one was enough for me on each occasion.

Andrus86 (664) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2015
BOTTLE. (BB May ’12 drunk July ’15) Poured black with a lively dark tan head.. Subtle nose, dark malt, coffee.. Dark roasted malt up front, some heavy bitter coffee with an oaky wine punch at back end.. Once it warmed up flavour was more noticeable.. Interesting for 3 years after BB.. Sourced RW

jonnyguns (1105) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 28, 2013
Bottle on great Friday. Pours black with a small tan head. Aromas of licorice, coffee and some burnt notes. Taste is bitter coffee but then backs off quickly to a watery taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

davidfoley (20) - New York, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Appearance - Straw to amber in colour; No clarity; Strong carbonation; Off white head, good moderate retention; Smell - Floral spicy hop aroma; Mild sweet malt smell; Citrus, dried fruit & vanilla Taste - Hops, citrus fruits, dried fruits, banana, sweet, tangy dry finish Mouthfeel - Medium body, good carbonation, tangy finish Overall - Poorly balanced, a little to sweet and tangy

fletchfighters (1539) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2012
A-- Poured a dark cola color and settled black with a few touches of ruby at the bottom of the glass. Nice reverse cascading light brown head that built to two fingers before receding leaving ABV legs in the process. Good head retention on this. S-- At first it was mostly chocolate and Carmel, once it warmed the Liquorice root really came alive and sort of pushed aside the chocolate and Carmel smells. T-- Chocolate, Carmel and licorice. Fresh licorice really. Smooth but slightly acidic. M-- Smooth, very smooth tasting. Touches of chocolate and Carmel sweetness in the front, followed by more licorice in the mid and finishes with a odd but good milk chocolate/ acidic/ sweet finish. Slightly high carbonation but it makes up for it in smoothness. Not heavy at all, a little thin at times but the flavor profile really does this well O-- Not really a RIS, more like a plain old stout or sweet stout

Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2012
640mL bottle. Poured medium cola brown with a dense tan head.. looked good in the glass. The aroma was very sweet, with licorice and chocolate leading, and toasted, lightly-smoked malts and dark fruit behind.. fresh kick on the back of the nose, but there was very little hop or alcohol presence. The flavor found sweet licorice, vanilla, and light smoked malt at the core.. light, dry earth and peppery bitterness surrounded.. more of the same malts on the sweet finish.. not terribly complex, but tasty. Medium-bodied and grainy on the palate, and sweet as mentioned.. a touch of sour-ish malty character showed at times, and was a welcome departure from the sweets.. overall a solid brew, but not so "imperial".

ALLOVATE (3035) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2012
Tasting from June 2011.
Produces up a lifeless, used motor oil black, oily upon the glass as it is swirled. there was little fluff atop from a violent pour into the glass but this is rapidly fading. Well they got the ’noir’ part right, just waiting for the release of a ’Stout Blanche’ now. Aroma has a tinge of smoked fish amongst notes of Belgian chocolate, leather and rich molasses, and a presence of alcohol spice. Smooth, oily mouthfeel. Sweet, rich molasses start, dusty dark chocolate and roasted carob mid-palate before a smoky, burnt grain swallow that has goo length. Little evidence of the alcohol as a positive. touch of the salty,. smoked fish develops too. No ’wow’ in this one. Mild malt bitterness, no real character, pretty average. (64cL, BB 13/05/12, 7.0% ABV, The Beer Store Morley)

jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2012
640ml Bottle. Aromas of chocolate and coffee. A good version of a stout. An enjoyable beer. Nice dark malt bitterness on the finish.

Jado (798) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - FEB 21, 2012
640 ml bottle. Pours the promised ’noir’ with a decent tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Taste is full ahead roasted malt, although as the beer warms, some sweetness and a slightly strange smokiness. Finish is quite dry, with a bit of metallic tang at the end. Not sure it all works together, and it’s not really sessionable, but not bad as a one off.

imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 14, 2011
Deep dark brown black with decent tan head and lace. 4 Light grassy hop some liquorice type aroma among choc, roast burnt toffee. 6 Med body, choc cream rum, toasty, pitted fruits. Finishes light milky  7 F 4 semi sweet, lingering kowtowing, toast and choc O 14 Not bad.

bmeup (679) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2011
Black and tan head. Mocha, caramel, licorice and some berry aroma. Sweet taste then dry bitterness. Little thin on the palate. Big robust stout it’s not, though fairly appealing to the masses.

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