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


on tap


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RATINGS: 85   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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beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 18, 2004
Black in colour with big caramel coloured head. smooth choclate/coffee flavour. Is better slighly warmer than straight from the fridge. Good bitterness afterwards. Thanks Mullet

bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 9, 2010
Bottle. Pours jet black with a decent rocky tan coloured head. Plenty of lacing as it falls away. Aromas are not huge and a little sweet and sour. Am getting some roasted malt, milt chocolate and a slight sourness. But like I said nothing huge. Plenty of dark fruit in the flavours, dark chocolate and raosted malt. Some sourness on the end. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Pretty decent beer.

Dredd (978) - 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%.

BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2009
Bottle. Pours extremely dark ruby, almost black, with a rocky tan head that doesn’t last long. Aroma has lots of toasty malt as well as notes of licorice and coffee. Flavour is pretty similar but with some additional saltiness. Quite full bodied with a thick, almost syrupy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation and a lingering bitter finish. A very nice stout, vastly superior to the other beers I have tried from this brewery. As good as any other similar stout being produced in Australia.

DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 16, 2002
Opaque brown. Aroma with coffee and smoked tones. Smoked flavor with mushrooms, cookiedough and spices. Round syrupy flavor.

mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2002
Opaque black body, tan head mostly retained with good lace. Bitter dark chocolate flavour (yum) with some alcohol up front. Strong coffee aftertaste with roasty bitterness. This was quite thick also and really first rate.

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.

voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2004
Bottled- - Very dark head, heavy coffee aroma. Very bitter and strong burnt malty flavors coming through, becoming stronger and more refined as the beer warmed, with a chocolate taste noticeable. A contender for my favorite stout. Must be consumed at close to room temperature to enjoy the full flavour of the beer. Great beer, highly recommended.

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.

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.

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