CurlyJoe (363) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2017 Dark black with quickly disappearing brown head. Twisted chocolate aroma, not too strong though. Chocolate driven taste too, dark berries as well. Very tasty, but perhaps a bit thin than more lucious imperials. mkel07 (6462) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2017
Date: 10 August 2017 Hop_Hedonist (660) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 13, 2017
Purchased From: Tippler’s Tap – South Brisbane
Container Type: On tap
Appearance: Dense, black and shiny, impenetrable
Aroma: Chocolate, vanilla and burnt toast
Flavour: Loaded with chocolate, slightly bitter
Palate: Smooth and mellow for such a big beer
Comments: Does not taste like a 12.5% beer – dangerously drinkable
Bottle - first needed is an engineering degree to open the wax encrusted cap! - eventually tasted the brew inside: solid impy stout flavours but an odd sourness in mid palate which I couldn’t identify and which jarred against an otherwise smooth drinking creamy ale - not as much barrel influence or whisky input as others in the same mould - it’s not worth the $55 charge or the somewhat pretentious and no doubt very expensive heavy wine bottle with silly wax. cgarvieuk (26099) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2017
Dark chocolate.. Heavy meaty malts Bottle at tads... Thin white lacing.. Soft sweet caramel rich molasses chocolate roast malts nose... Dark rich chocolate malts... Heavy chocolate rich roast GlasgowTAD (1987) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 21, 2017
Bottle thanks to Owen. Pours black with a medium brown head which soon recedes. Aroma is cocoa, vanilla, caramel and chocolate. Taste is cocoa bitter, vanilla sweet, chocolate sweet, dried fruits.
Hoprider (748) - DENMARK - JAN 15, 2017
Pours a dark clearish brown with a beige head. Aroma has lightly roasted malt, lots of dark fruits, dusty chocolate powder and an intense colaish aroma. The malty, roasted chocolate flavours are somewhat overshadowed by an oaky sournote. All very nice and certainly interesting. Medium mouthfeel and a building bitterness in the aftertaste. Muggus69 (2759) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - DEC 18, 2016
750mL wax-sealed capped Champagne bottle from Beer Exchange. 2016 Vintage. ANZUShophunter (598) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2016
1000TH AUSSIE BEER RATE! Had to pick something a bit flash - this’ll do!
Pitch black body, thick pour, holds a small dense pale brown head.
Aroma is rich, dark, brooding - burnt toast, molasses, dark plums & pudding, chocolate cake, Porty barrel notes, toast & vanilla oak.
Big smooth, syrupy, almost velvet-like texture to it with subdued carbonation & long lingering palate.
Bags of rich sweet dark malt character upfront - chocolate liqueur, treacle, licorice, caramelised walnuts, Port-like rancio, sweet black plums & prunes, whisky & oaky undertones. Bitterness is on the low side (for the style), lingering warmth on the finish.
Lovely, lovely stuff - less dry roasty character than most stouts, sort of verging on a porter, but the barrel aging gives is great complexity & a fantastic roundness - very well done!
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2017 From 2015 bottle in snifter. Pours black with tan head; carbonation still good. Aroma of dark chocolate, licorice and a hint of whiskey. Smooth creamy taste hides the alcohol well. Been cellaring for over a year and it was worth the wait. Samma (178) - Fitzroy, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2016
On tap at Alehouse Project for Dark Side IV Festival. Big bold and beautful! Boozy nose with licorice and raisin coming through. Viscous in the mouth. Gorgeous party of vanilla, dried fruits and roasted malts. Feel lucjy to have found this on tap. hawthorne00 (4149) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2015
Bottle, 13C. Prince Wine Essendon - it’ll be long gone (from there and probably anywhere else). Pretty much black with an inch of tan head that lasts OK and laces well. Aroma of mocha, roasted hazelnuts, vanilla, sherry - not what I expected. Sweet with some less than fully integrated whisky. More roasted flavours and grass than suggested by the aroma, but the praline/ nougat thing is still a big part of the story. There’s a lick of booze and a decent amount of bitterness at the end that stops it being too dessert-like. Silky texture. After a time there’s a spiced Indian milk caramel element. Very much barrel forward, as the kiddies say. And just a bit much so for me for a stout. But a lovely and accomplished beer.