Brewed by South Australia Brewing (Lion Co.)
Style: Foreign Stout
Thebarton, Australia


on tap


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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
Brewed in the style of the old London Imperial Russian stout to a recipe perfected over 40 years ago, the roast coffee and almost port-like characters make it an excellent nightcap and winter warmer. Voted Champion Stout at the 2001 Australian International Beer awards having previously been Grand Champion Beer in 1988 and 1991.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (2363) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUN 23, 2012
375mL bottle Been a long time since ive 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 3, 2004
Bottled. 750ml long neck. On Sullys sound advice I went back for this large bottle of super strength stout. Consumed at the end of and Australian Hotel sprint, city drink at the Establishment and an Elephant beer at the BBQ I must admit I was not taking my finest notes. What I do know is that I thoroughly enjoyed this beer (as did the Pom) and that it was dark brown with smooth caramel malt flavour. The strength was not discernable or at least not to me. The rest is a bit of a stretch. Many thanks to the Pom & Glor for he BBQ at their place.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 24, 2008
Bottle. A lively pour, black with a huge thick creamy head. A brown head that laced very well. Roasted malt aroma with chocolate and coffee. Deliciously dry and roasty on the palate, strong coffee flavours in the malt, as well as some vinuous qualities.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2005
Bottled. Black appearance, no significant head. Slightly roasted aroma. Taste is thick and with some coffee. Finish is malty and a little sweet. A nice, but mild stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jerohen (2243) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2005
Dutch Ratebeer meeting. Damnit, i was laughing at caesar because he forgot to write down comments for a beer, but now i see i forgot to write down a rating myself! So this ones from memory (not my strongest point). Opaque, lasting brown head. Roasted malts, coffee and quite some sweetness. Thick mouthfeel, but not overly complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - APR 10, 2006
Bottle. Almost black with small head.Nice roasted and malty with a touch of coffee. Also a bit sweet and a bit bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (2079) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Tap. Exceptional. Aromas of apple, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, caramel, and spices. Taste has a sweet start, with long lasting bitterness. Palate is velvety, with a medium-to-full body. Black, with a frothy off-white head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stew41 (1967) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAY 17, 2005
Very dark brown, almost black. Looks serious. Attractive creamy coffee coloured head. Soft nose, sweet notes on the nose with a savoury edge. Long palate length that shows quite impressive complexity for an Oz macro. Starts out a fraction lean but develops nice chocolate notes with a clearly defined sliver of tangy oatmeal. Finishes strongly and just a smidgen hard. As per comments below this is a strong contender for Australias best macro.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lunkie (1919) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2004
Spicy aroma with black apperance and no head. Burtn bitter malt flavour with smooth palate.

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