Oakes (18828) - 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. dubs (117) - St Peters, NSW, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2002
Re-rate: blabbed on a bit about this before. Alls I wants to say is, this is my fave all time stout. I love it cold or warm, but always in the early AM with a bitch under each arm swaggerin back home for the hay. Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2002
Dark as they come, the head is light chocolate brown, large, frothy, long lasting, sheets of lace that cling to the vary last drop. Nose caramel, toasted coffee beans, rich bitter sweet chocolate, and of course malts. Front is sweet, the top medium to full, the finish is nicely hopped, dry, lightly acidic, and a decent 'Stout' by any standards. Ranks a respectable #291 on my current 1000 beer master list. thebaron99 (110) - Royston Park SA, AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2002
Burnt toffee flavour with strong slate/steel palate tempered with syrupy chocolate and mollasses. Strong vine characteristics of marsala and port. Sharp bitter finish softens with cellering. Much maligned by many a yokel, this is a mule and it kicks. Delicious with vanilla ice-cream and cold stormy nights. Sooo-eee.. bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2002
As usual - agreeing with Dogbrick on this one - it was OK but just ranks poorly when compared to the other Australian stouts we have been lucky enough to try. There is something really bitter going on with the flavor.
Dogbrick (13765) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2002
Oily black with a thin beige head. On the scale of Aussie Stouts I have had, I did not enjoy this one as much as Mountain Goat or Cooper's, mostly because of the strong alcohol flavor that was present while drinking. It was not as apparent in the aroma, but it really snapped me to attention on my first sip. There was also a little coffee flavor in there but it was like a weed under a big tree struggling for sunlight. The aftertaste is what intrigued me the most because for some reason it reminded me of some of the better Belgians like Westy and Rochefort. The mixture of grains, alcohol and fruit was remniscent of those fine Ales. DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 16, 2002
Aroma with coffee and smoked tones.
Smoked flavor with mushrooms, cookiedough and spices.
Round syrupy flavor. Linc (740) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2005 This beer has gone up a notch in my estimation since my original tasting. This is one fat malty brew, not overly complex but enough chocolate, coffee, and tar to satisfy my stout loving tastebuds. Bitter, but well balanced and a little softer than Coopers thanks to a thicker mouthfeel. A new winter staple? Maybe. eczematic (1326) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2005 not bad at all considering a) the price and b) the simplicity of intention obviously behind it. you get the feeling the brewers just decided to make something big and black. so, lots of sourish burnt flavour, oily, tarry, bitter and tangy, with a light body for the ABV and a quick, dry finish. not very complex or rich, but certainly has some punch from the roast. i tried this once with oysters and the saltiness really worked with the oily/woody stoutiness. THERE YOU GO IslandHaole (1299) - Misawa, JAPAN - MAY 4, 2002
Whoever coined the phrase 'Black is beautiful' must have had a pint of this stout in front of them. Has a thick toffee colored head. Roasted malt nose. Full bodied, strong coffee and dark bitter chocolate. I've a big 750 ml bottle all to myself for only $2.75 (USD), a 500 ml can of Guinness costs $4.75 USD here. I know what I'm buying from now on! To me, this beats Coopers. Very impressive, I look forward to having more brews from Southwark.