ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2008
Black colour with a tan head. Malty, fruity and light roasted aroma with some coffee and chocolate sweet notes. Roasted malty, light coffee bitter flavor with fruity notes. Roasted, light bitter finish. jbrus (4988) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2005
Bottled. Earthy chocolat and fruity aroma. Black color, brown head, good lace. Straighforward sweet strong stout, fruity and roasted chocolat. Pours thick and feels full. tiggmtl (4543) - 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. Grovlam (4257) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2007
#16 [Blind tasting session @ Papsoe 30-11-2007] Average creamy beige head that mostly lasted. Good lacework. Dark mahogany color. Dried fruit, toasted malt. Over the palate heavy notes of coffee, bitter chocolate and liquorish. Hint of tar. Medium to full bodied with a light dry texture and a lively carbonation. Moderated mix of bitter and sweet flavor. Dry bitter English liquorish that lingers in the mouth and covers it. hawthorne00 (4190) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 19, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2013 Black, good beige head. Very little aroma - maybe some malt and alcohol. Slightly syrupy. Deep roasted malts and port sweetness. Finishes with coffee bitterness. Complex dried fruit and cocoa tastes emerge as it warms to room temperature in the glass. Good, but really lacking in aroma. [3.5] 15C. I did wonder whether that one was past its best. It seems it was only further past its best than the others I’ve tried: this is bb 10/10 and quite different. This has port and lemon, some gentle roast malt and licorice. [3.9]
gam (4135) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2008
Haven’t seen this in Melbourne for some time, so thanks to the bloke walking out of the Prahran Dan’s with the couple of slabs they get in for him specially for signalling availability. Very smooth well-integrated flavours - firm roast, coffee, molasses, raisins, port. Dries out at the the finish. Welcome reminder that the macro brewers can do very solid stuff if they care to.
Thick brown bubbly head on a dark stout,good carbonation.Aroma chocolate,very nice note,caramel,malty aroma,milk,vanilla note.Flavour superb caramel and chocolate malt tastes lovely,mild bitter roasted tastes,yeasty,great on the palate,moccha like flavour.This is the flavour I,ve been looking for in a stout of this type,one sip after another,great stuff.Finish cream malt tasting chocolate,bitter tang on the buds,a stout to really enjoy. maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2013
Bottle in Adelaide. Very coffee forward stout with a fair bit of a metallic note. Ok quaffed and fairly similar to coopers stout. Ok
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2004
Black in colour with a decent tan head. Standard stout aromas and it was very easy drinking considering the alcohol strength still I was expecting a lot more from this beer. jonno (3011) - JAPAN - SEP 22, 2009
A very good stout. Lacking a tiny bit in the nose, this is a big heady malty choco and coffee stout with a bitter finish. Picked up a 6 pack for about 19 dollars so extra points for value. Very nice Muggus69 (2807) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUN 23, 2012
Been a long time since i’ve had one of these - use to bring a couple of longnecks with me to parties back in the day.
Pours a red highlighted jet black body, deep tan head is dense and paints lace in its wake.
Nice rich nose dominated by bitter chocolate, rich caramel, medium roast coffee with undertones of raisin and earthy spice.
Carbonation reasonably low, texture is smooth, almost oily. Body perhaps not as thick as first expected, certainly very full and luscious but not in Imperial territory. Carries the substantial abv well.
Big hit of cocoa upfront on the body, supported by sweet toffee and roast nuts, more roasted characters of coffee grinds and charcoal, leading onto a complex fruity characteristic reminiscent of bitter orange peel and dried Cabernet Sauvignon grapes (yeah, bit out of the blue there...). Bitter finish, dries out a fair bit with a lingering minerally, earthy spice (hop derived? POR?). Alcohol sneaks through almost undetected.
Pretty much the bench mark for all Australian Foreign Stouts to be judged upon. Plenty of lovely roast malt character, excellent balance, big enough to carry the flavour well without being overwelmingly huge and over the top.