Dervock (1337) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2017 highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, - MAY 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
A solid imperial stout from NSW’s best brewer but not their finest work, imo. Falls short in a couple of areas.Disappointing appearance: dark indeed but the short, busy head fizzled out to nothing within a few seconds. Looked like flat cola. Subtle aroma of licorice, burnt coffee grounds, marshmallow, grout, a few jammy esters. No flaws but there’s nothing there to really build the anticipation before the first sip. Nice mouthfeel - creamy and mouth-filling. No disguising the alcohol - it’s up-front and lingers all the way to the stomach-lining. Oaky notes, souring summer fruits, soy sauce, short black. Warming with a salty finish. For my money, it’s a little too "burnt" tasting, despite the bottle notes alluding to a "greater emphasis on the chocolate malt character rather than the more traditional roast barley". Good, not great. (330ml bottle from Down Under Cellars, Leura. 9.6% abv. BB: 13/4/13)
Bottle - pours deep dark ruby with a thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate, rum, dried fruit and mild burnt sugar. Taste is sweet molasses hit up front, then a malt middle and a drying burnt sugar/dried fruit finish. Countbeer (6592) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2015
Bottle: Thanks Owen: Shaker:
Black body, creamy brown head.
Aroma is very interesting: yeast, flowers, marzipan, prunes, raisins, liquorice, coffee, some rubber.
Flavour is roasty, spice, chocolate, some coffee and other dark ingredients with a crispy yeast tone, very nice.
Aftertaste is roasty, bitter, fruity, marzipan, coal and some wood roast.
Low carbo, silky mouthfeel, close to full bodied. stevoj (5031) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 14, 2015
After sucking down countless Shitty lagers in Western Australia, I’ve found beer nirvana in the east. Dark seems to be the strength. Another great RIS, mellow but with a kick in the aftertaste. These RIS come on normal (think Guinness) but pack a wallop. Nice to see as t hides the burn. Murrays has the style down pat. lusikka (7813) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2014
330 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown colour with a faint white head. Aroma of roastiness, cream and some sourness. Flavour of roasted malts, sour berries, raisins, grass and some mild wooden notes. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. Finishes sweet and warming. Weird. TBone (17519) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle 330ml (PBF IX)
tiong (7259) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2014
Dark brown color, small white head. Alcoholic, some toasted maltyness, licorice in the nose. Full-bodied, Quite simple roasted maltyness, lots of alcohol and iron in the flavor. No.
330ml bottle @ PBF IXolio (10259) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2014
Pours pitch black with a smooth head. Aroma of roastiness, some yeastiness, hints of spices, licorice and dark chocolate. Taste is sweet, leathery and ashy with some yeastiness, licorice and dark chocolate. Finish is malty, leathery and ashy with some roastiness and yeasty notes. Okay.
33 cl bottle @ PBF IX.laiti (8468) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2014
Pours dark ruby red, almost black color with a small head. Some cola-like notes on the aroma, caramel and some malts. Sweet caramel malts and soy on the flavor, dark fruits and sugar. Way too sweet and not that pleasant.
33cl bottle @ PBF ⅨStew41 (2025) - Phuket, THAILAND - JAN 4, 2014
Aroma has soy sauce, some licorice and grainy tones. Flavour has some licorice, roasted malts and soy sauce. Also some strong alcohol tones on some sips. Feels rather thin, straightforward and light for an IS.
A cellaring experiment (mid 2011 bottling). Should have tasted on release to get a better means on comparison but I suspect this hasn’t done too much over the past 2.5 years. Quite faithful to the style but the abv is a bit rough, boozy and peaty. Doesn’t make for easy drinking albeit structurally very sound for its age. Shark_Pants (742) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2013
Pours pitch black with small tan head that disappears quickly leaving a film on top. Aromas of Belgian yeast, dark fruits, toffee. Interestingly, has aromas more similar to a quad. Taste is pitched somewhere between an imperial stout and a quad - caramel, cherries, plums, raisins, Vegemite, with the more familiar roasted malts and dark chocolate bitterness in the finish. Quite full bodied with a light oily texture. Lots of flavours, if not exactly lots of layers, and not strictly to style but very enjoyable nonetheless.
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