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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
vanvenlo (1842) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2007
23 May 2006 - Light roasted malt aroma. Black colour, OK head and good lacing. Light simple malt flavour. Bitter roasted malt finish and awful stark medicinal aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1693) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUN 20, 2005
Bottle - many thanks to mullet for bringing this over to Europe
Black bodied. Light brown head, which diminsihes totally. Nose of spices and malts (tofee, coffee). Moderately bitter, moderately sweet initial flavour. Lightly bitter finish. Very nice stout. I really enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - MAR 30, 2008
Pours a deep brown with lingering beige head. Roasted malts and coffee dominate with a slight nose of chocolate and licorice also coming through. Light roasted flavour of malts and chocolate with a roasted bitter finish. A fine stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fletchfighters (1493) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
A-- Poured reddish black and settled black with just a few tints of red when put near light. Quick fading mocha colored head with just a bit of head retention. No visible carbonation. S-- Coffee, roasted malts and barley with faint hints of lemon. Not a big nose at all. T-- A slightly bitter coffee taste in the front of my mouth. Pretty rich but a smooth taste. M-- More it sat in my mouth the more the lemon came out and it cut down the bitterness. Finished very lemony. Lower medium carbonated and fuller bodied. D-- Easy to drink and nice beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2005
A brute of a foreign stout and a strong contender for Australias best macro brew. Credit to Lion Nathan for continuing to make this in a country where theres a limited market for stout, let alone one that weighs in at 7.4%. This is far from perfect but Ill take it over 99% of Australian brews. Poured jet black with a quick-diminishing 1cm head that laced. Aroma of dry cocoa powder, molasses, bananas and brandy-like alcohol. Quite restrained for the abv. The palate is lean for the abv and changes significantly with temperature. Fresh from the fridge, its quite full and creamy but nearer room temperature the mouthfeel is lighter and fizzier - generally less satisfying. The flavour is initially sweet and malty, with typical stout chocolate and molasses. The alcohol is pretty well integrated, although there is a bit of a flourish in the finish. (750ml bottle, Camperdown Cellars, best before 5/1/06)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eczematic (1325) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IslandHaole (1250) - 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. Ive 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 Im buying from now on! To me, this beats Coopers. Very impressive, I look forward to having more brews from Southwark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TedE (1218) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2016
375ml bottle into pint glass. Bought at the Bowral Hotel. Totally opaque black beer with two finger tan-coloured head. Nose has chocolate, cocoa,coffee and distant fruit notes. Full-bodied, zingy and effervescent on the tongue. Finish is bitter-sweet like really good dark chocolate. A beautiful fruitiness sits under the chocolate. 7.4% is well hidden. gets better as it warms. Another great Australian stout from a big commercial brewer. Why do they make such great stouts but give them zero promotion?

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