northropfrye (3593) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 14, 2017 fletchfighters (1527) - - NOV 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ML bottle
Thanks to Owen for the bottle
Black pour. Really nice dark leather brown head. Almost reverse cascading. Impressive and thick looking.
Lots of bakers chocolate, burnt marshmallow, dark fruits and a lot of licorice. Little bit of char and ash in the nose. Dry as heck.
Lots of licorice to start. Bitter licorice. Once settled down a lot of dark fruits and chocolate.
Bold and dry. A bit too much alcohol for the ABV but a good RIS either way. One of the better one’s around here.
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2017 Bottle in Melbourne. Dark black body brown head. Roast and lactose aroma. Taste is roasty dry cocoa anise dried fruit cola notes. Nice. Bootlegger007 (149) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2017
Purchased on recommendation from Mane Liquor, High Quality Imperial Stout.
Chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and also aroma of roasted malts, poured a deep black with a cap light tan head, flavours characteristic of vanilla, along with chocolate and coffee, giving a lingering bitter aftertaste. danjs5 (241) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2017
Pours a pitch black with thin head in the glass. Pungent rasins and rum nose with similar flavours plus vanilla, molasses, straw, nuts, toffee and tar. Creamy mouthfeel with strong hit of alcohol at finish when served room temp. Some smokey ort oak notes which are a great winter warmer. Good hop bitterness served with dark fruits and syrupy molases malts throughout. Good balance. Great at 9.5%ABV. BrewWarden33 (2) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2017 does not count
In the bottle at slow beer Richmond 2017 release. Pours opaque black with a light brown head. Dark fruits aroma with light raisins and chocolate. Mouth feel is gentle, not syrupy but very decadent with very low carbonation. The winner is the taste strong vegimite and oak flavors dominate with a dark chocolate and meaty finish, lovely on a cold winter day, like today. Cheers Dervock (1337) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 2, 2017
Bottle - pours silky jet black with a tan head. Aroma is soy sauce, chocolate, ovaltine and burnt sugar. Taste is big sweet wafer like malt hit up front, choc malt middle and a dry roast malt finish.
CraftyHare (75) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - NOV 11, 2016
330ml bottle pours almost black with slow forming tan head. Subtle aromas of dark chocolate, espresso and cream. Beautifully balanced flavours of espresso, cocoa, brown sugar, aniseed, roasted malt and cream liqueur. Very refined and layered Russian imperial stout. Long pleasant finish with equal measures of bitterness and sweetness. Better than many more expensive examples. wrlangin (224) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2016
Multiple 330 ml bottles from Hawthorne Cellars. Pours black with medium tan head. Medium aroma of toasted malt, chocolate, and mild coffee. Flavours are robust and shine through as the beer warms.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2016
Among the very best Australian takes on the Russian Imperial style and good enough to hold its head up in international company. Carries its 9.5% abv with ease. If it has a flaw, perhaps it is that it pulls up a little abruptly. Certainly an excellent introduction to the style for anyone coming at it fresh. Barely a hiss when the cap came off, but the short head produced by the pour proved as immovable as a North Korean leader. Soft, milky aroma - Milo, blackcurrants, sticky date pudding, faint ginger. On the tongue, it’s a beautiful balance of sugary esters, vanilla bean, allspice, dark chocolate and coffee grounds. Creamy palate. A classy production. (330ml bottle from Leura Cellars.) varanid99 (1202) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 29, 2016
Black pour with a thin tan head which disappeared completely pretty quickly. Roasty, coffee and liquorice aromas at first. Needs to warm up a bit. Initial taste is coffee, roast, chocolate, liquorice note that cuts through everything else. As it warms up there’s more subtle aromas and flavours that come through - some vanilla, a bit more of the bitter cocoa. Really is pretty damn good. ALLOVATE (3014) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 29, 2016
At cellar temperature and into a snifter. Inky black and still with very little head retention going up and then down with haste. Aroma has a pronounced twitch of Vegemite™ and peppered Biltong atop hints of cocoa, bitter dark chocolate, stewed plums, ethanol and earth. A complete 360° on the palate. It is spicy with a lot of heat from the alcohol. Earthy, musty and gritty with a raw, weedy bitterness that actually sits well. Good yeast character. Slightly vinous with a touch of dark, sour berries levels out a milk chocolate sweetness that tantalises the tip of the tongue. Body is relatively lean with a mild spritz of carbonation, but then it is smooth to oily past the mid-palate. One to grab a few more of and lay them down for a few years. A great drinking, unique Imperial Stout! (33cL, no date stamp, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)