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


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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bman1986 (173) - Broadstairs, Kent, - AUG 7, 2010
Draft at The New Sydney, Hobart. A strong, dark and very rich stout. Big chocolate and roasted malt flavours with a really nice tang to it. Fair coffee hit thrown in there to boot, quite viscous with a terrific mouthfeel. All in all a fantastic stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TedE (1184) - 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?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mattyhennessy (376) - Highton, AUSTRALIA - OCT 21, 2014
Pours dark and opaque with a slight red tinge. Solid tan head that retains well, eventually fading to nice lacing. Surprisingly sweet aromas of toffee and caramel balanced well with huge roasted malt character. Some bitter cocoa also. Flavour has a large charred malt character, espresso, cocoa with a little of.the toffee sweetness carrying through. Earthy and floral hop character. Unfortunate metallic taste that brings the beer down significantly. Medium carbonation. Like coopers stout but a little heavier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2014
Pours opaque black with tan head, resilient and well retained with good lace. Aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate, sweet toffee, hints of coffee beans and light herbal fresh hop character. Med body, med high carbonation. balanced toasted malts, caramel nutty sweetness, herbal grassy Earthy hop flavour. Finishes lightly sweet, roasted, hoppy and balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
maneliquor (3511) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fletchfighters (1480) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (2313) - 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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BarossaLuke (552) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2012 Id never had this beer before but since it appeared in the book 1001 Beers to try Before You Die then I thought why havent I tried it! Colour is a nice black with a good creamy tan head. Aroma has some coffee and light caramel with a bit of roast there too. Like a lot of Australian and tropical stouts there is also a fruity character to the aroma and on the palate. Mouthfeel is quite rich and slightly slick. A good stout that I would drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thewolf (12328) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2011
Bottle @ OznNZ tasting 2011. [thanks bluebetty]
Dark brown, bordering on black. Small, creamy, light-beige head. Aroma has roasted malts, liqourice, light astringency. Light to medium carbonation, great dry and creamy palate. Flavour is fantasticly balanced. Dry, bitter, roasted, peat, light smoky, liqourice, grassy. Mildly vinious. Absolutely fabulous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

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