tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2004
Plenty of roasted malt in the aroma with a touch of sweetness and cocoa. Opaque dark brown colour with very thin, fully diminishing tan head. Very bitter roasted malts up front followed by a shy underlying sweetness before the return of the roasted malts and a lasting alcohol flavour in the finish. Alcohol flavour is somewhat more subdued at higher temperature and a bit more cocoa is apparent. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for style with some astringency in the finish. At 7.4% this sure packs a wallop. I disagree with the commercial description - to be port-like it would have to have more body and mouthfeel and be sweeter and more complex. This is a good very roasty and bitter stout. Bottle (bottle-conditioned). Thanks, mutant. SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2004
Lots of coffee some caramel smell. It's black, very black... holding it in front of a 21" monitor you can't see though it at all. Tastes like it smells with a bit of alcohol thown in. Very thick and sticky mouthfeel, as the stickiness dissolves from the roof of your mouth you get a nice touch of bitter. harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2004
This was a very nice dry stout. Lots of dark chocolate flavors, with some nice espresso coffee roastedness. A nice full mouthfeel, that is sticky and chewy. Very drinkable. ClarkVV (6642) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2004 2003 Bottle. Pours an opaque dark milk chocolate brown with a small tan head. Aroma is hugely roasted malt, lots of fresh barley, and some lightly sweet caramel notes. Flavor begins with an enormous amount of roasted malt. Tastes very fresh and unrefined, that is to say, VERY bitter. I like bitter stouts but even this was getting to be a bit much. Fortunately, the more it sat out and warmed (approaching room temp) the more sweet cocoa flavors began to emerge. Full body, low carbonation. Good rich, oily mouthfeel. The flavor was definitely oily black malt with some dry cocoa, sweet chocolate, and plenty of alcohol esters, quite vinous. This is about as good as any stout I've ever had. Like a cross between a regular roasty stout and a bigger imperial. Amazing beer if you are in the mood for a little less than an Imperial stout. Thanks, James (Mutant) for the chance to try this gem. OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2003
Opaque dark brown with a small short lasting tan head. Faint earthy dusty roasted malt aroma. Palate is medium to thin 'n lightly crispy. Medium coffee roasted malt flavours and that faint metallic earthiness again. Finish and aftertaste are quite dry bitter with a touch of tobacco of and a burnt varnish. Alcohol is well masked. An interesting brew but for me the Coopers is definitely better.
Choos (754) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2003
Wow. I didn't get much aroma from this except alcohol to begin with but agree with another poster it does have cocoa powder there as well. The flavours and mouth feel are unbelievable! My first sip I would have sworn it was cut with a rich desert wine but then quickly gives way to roasted barley & bitter chocolate flavours. Pleasently bitter with a hint of metal. Though well carbonated this still has great mouthfeel. mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 22, 2003
I guess comparisons to Coopers Stout are inevitable, and I definitely prefer this. Perfectly opaque black colour which is good, with nice head.
Aroma is more cocoa/powdery than roasty and burnt, but there's plenty of that too, and a bit of alcohol. Burnt flavours manifest themselves more in the flavour, there's a bit of generic fruit at the front of the palate but it's soon dominated by the roast flavours and bitterness. A bit fizzy (I seem to be writing that a lot of late). Bonus points for excellent alcohol:money ratio. Dredd (932) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2003
WOW, after trying their average lager, Southwark have hit home with this big, wonderful stout. Just about everything with this one is spot on. Nice flavour with a rich dark roast malt flavour and bitter finish. Big beer at 7.4%. Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2003 I am confused. This beer comes from the same stable as some God-awful beers. Surprisingly where the Aussie brewers have a problem with lagers they have no such difficulty with stouts. This has a great burnt nose with the support of a dry bitter finish. The head is like a light zabaglione. Great mouthfeel, at 7.4% I think this is the highest alcohol beer available all year round down here, the Coopers special brews being the exception. I like the viscous nature of the beer, when you fill the glass the previous level still sits there Oakes (17274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2003
Dark brown with a rocky head. Roasty, toasty. Thin, with a touch of dryness. Makes promises it can't keep.