highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2006
I missed this by minutes at a beer festival a few months back when it ran out while I paddled in a pool of mediocre-to-crap lagers and pale ales. I was naiively saving this for later while smarter drinkers hoovered it up. I’m not surprised it went quickly because it’s a bit special. At the brewpub, it’s served nitrogenated at 4-6C, which is an improvement on 99.99% of pub serving temps but still seemed a fraction too cold. It arrived looking as black as the hole in Canberra where our tax dollars disappear. It comes with the sort of faultless tight, thick head that is typical of nitro. Great head length. It may have been the serving temperature but the aroma took time to fully develop. Essentially sweet and chocolatey, with the intensity of a dark chocolate liqueur and a solid roasted malt backbone. Fabulous full and creamy mouthfeel, like whipped cream. Very integrated flavour profile - coffee cream chocolates, chocolate ice cream, sweet milky coffee. Very much at the sweeter end of the dry stout scale - there’s nothing sharp about the flavours here. For a nitro, this may be as good as it gets. (Draught at brewpub with omhper) DrunkenCumquat (86) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2005 On tap at the Wig & Pen. Great, thick, creamy smooth stout with definite cream and coffee tones. Wicked head, thick as they get and oh so smooooth. Cracker palate, very creamy. Only problem is that it begins to taste a tad watery after a while, could use a bit more acohol perhaps. Peptis (2) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 13, 2005 does not count
Lots of flavour in this stout. The most notable to my palate being a chocolate/coffee flavour that provides just the right amount of bitterness for this style of stout. The mouthfeel is great---creamy. Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2005
Body as black as the night and head opaque. Looks big and is big. Loved the way it wasn’t too bitter and not too burnt - this allowed the flavour of the malts to shine though. Slight sweetness. Creamy mouthfeel. Great aussie stout. AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 12, 2004
NFOB 04. Opaque black, nice creamy head. Rich, sweet coffee, caramel with smooth burntmalt, choc and coffee, lightly spicy.
Mullo (102) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 22, 2004
I found the aroma satisfying. Heavy in roasted malt, which gave it a creamy mouthfeel. Lots of flavour, including a hint of a hint of cherry. (NFOB2004)
winkle (478) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 17, 2004
NFOB 2004. On tap in a plastic cup (sigh). Deep purple/black colour, fairly small head. A very good stout featuring roasted chocolate/coffee flavours. Unfortunately for this beer it is the shadow of its big imperial brother. Nice though. mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2003
Transparent black colour, great head retention but you'd expect that off nitro.
Really good, grainy, roasty aroma (like dark rye bread now that Betty mentions it).
Good solid malt, roasty but certainly not burnt like Coopers Stout. Would have liked more bitterness though. Slightly creamy body but seemed a lot closer to regular gas than Guinness, Kilkenny etc (which is good of course). With more bitterness this would be my favourite stout, as it is it's still very good. Linc (740) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2003
Interesting to note how much the other guys liked this as this sort of stout should be right up my alley; certainly a very roasty brew and a little sweet with some hint of banana, did not have the intensity of coffee, chocolate flavours I had expected. Betty (236) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - NOV 26, 2003
Bloody nice and pretty creamily smooth and all that. Rather than a chocolate or roast malt wack in the face like many Aussie stouts, this seemed to carry a dark rye bread flavour which was great. Nice beer!