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Southwark Old Stout - South Australia Brewing Co.

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Southwark Old StoutSouthwark Old Stout

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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
South Australia Brewing Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 08-07-2002)
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Photo of diablo14


2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pretty close to the most overrated beer in this country, the southwark stout has disappointed me every time ive drank it. the only time ive really enjoyed it is when i left it in the bottle. has all the elements of a top stout, but doesnt put them together at all. its certainly not a shocker, but id just as sooner have a CUB stout as this, and for me, thats really saying something.

classic opaque black stout color, with a coffee colored head that was very creamy and full. the smell is very strong. lots of coffee, some licorice tones, a weird burnt aroma that did not combine well with the sweetinsh elements i was also picking up. i could really sense the AV in the nose too. taste had a big mocha blast, a sweet medicinal quality with a strong roasted influence. there was sweetness hovering around too, but was in competition with some stringent hopping that ended up making the beer finish fairly dry. this seemed to be at odds with what the rest of the flavors were trying to do. the other problem i have is that those flavors dont quite work together that effectively in the first place. the AV is always in evidence too, which is not necessarily a good thing. ill give this beer one thing tho, its massively bodied for a stout. very very rich and thick.

its not a bad stout, but i just dont see it as being better than the coopers stouts for instance, or even the CUB stouts. the possiblities are there, but theres no balance. if this was more well rounded id enjoy it a whole lot more. but alas it isnt.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2003 12:11:36 | More by diablo14
Photo of pin


3/5  rDev -22.1%

05-21-2013 06:53:01 | More by pin
Photo of Dogbrick


3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oily black with a thin beige head. On the scale of Aussie Stouts I have had, I did not enjoy this one as much as Mountain Goat or Cooper's, mostly because of the strong alcohol flavor that was present while drinking. It was not as apparent in the aroma, but it really snapped me to attention on my first sip. There was also a little coffee flavor in there but it was like a weed under a big tree struggling for sunlight. The aftertaste is what intrigued me the most because for some reason it reminded me of some of the better Belgians like Westy and Rochefort. The mixture of grains, alcohol and fruit was remniscent of those fine Ales.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2002 15:27:45 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of Stew41


3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 08:51:18 | More by Stew41
Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops


3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

05-01-2014 07:53:22 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
Photo of cdwil


3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

12-29-2011 20:48:00 | More by cdwil
Photo of joecast


3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml twist off stubbie. best before 01/06.

pours black with ruby highlights (no, not like my hair!), and a smallish dark tan head. some swirling as it warms increases the head size.

aroma has some roasted malt and over ripe dark fruits. a hint of alcohol as well.

taste of stewed plums and raisins. at least this is what i imagine they would taste like. some heat from the alcohol nearing the bottom of the glass. a bit of roast/chocolate malt but not as much as expected. hard to pick any hop bitterness, but not unbalanced.

well, a pretty good cold weather beer. glad to finally try something from the "other" SA brewers. decent, but not outstanding. i suppose just a different interpretation of the style maybe. ok, ive gone on too long. im done know.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2005 09:17:00 | More by joecast
Photo of mulder1010


3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ML bottle poured into a Great Divide Globe glass

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 can have two of these easily. Lemon citrus taste is very different for a Stout but an interesting touch. The 7.4 % is very well hidden in this and towards the end the ABV started appearing. Probably needs to be drank at a colder temperature than other Australian Stouts due to the lemon in this. More of a surprise that this is a good beer. Worth seeking out. Lack of nose is only real complaint on this.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 13:51:00 | More by mulder1010
Photo of koolk


3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fantastic stout from Southwark:

Apperence is a super deep ruby going on black.

Nose is a little subdued. This is a shame, considering the AL% and the power pack of the palate. Aromas of faint roast, toffee and leafy hops.

Strong taste that is full flavoured, long, creamy and bitter. No over the top alcohol burn which is suprising considering the alcohol level. Good chocolate, roasted coffee and a slight burn toffee flavour that was really enjoyable.

This was a top robust Aussie stout that I'll be sure to go back to.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2003 23:49:46 | More by koolk
Photo of rec


3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been drinking a bit of Stout lately, and thankfully there are some high quality brews available here on local shelves. Over the past couple nights I took the time to enjoy a bottle of Lion Stout, as well as Coopers Best Extra Stout. There are remarkable similarities between them all, which isn't suprising, but also some distinction worthy of note.

Like the others, there is some clear roasted coffee notes in both the aroma and taste, however dark fruit is also apparent here... definately more than the others in my opinion. In comparison, I'm also getting some stronger caramel flavours up-front, which creates a certain sweet smoothness and a decline in bitterness.

I'd almost say it's my favourite of the lot, but I'm far from a Stout expert, and am sure my love for them has only just begun. It's time to import some world-class Stout's and give them a go.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 14:00:49 | More by rec
Photo of brendan13


3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Opaque black with a 2cm brown tinged creamy head that slowly falls.
S - Dark chocolate aroma with some dark fruit hints.
T - More roasted character in the taste along with bittersweet dark chocolate and fruity touchs.
M - Medium to full bodied with a touch of astringent bitterness.
D - Was quite suprised this is a pretty decent stout.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2010 01:49:26 | More by brendan13
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

03-27-2012 01:16:15 | More by szmnnl99
Photo of Macca


3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours black with a generous beige head which settle to a light coating. The nose is of bitter chocolate and coffee. A bit of alcohol is hiding in the background. The chocolate flavours are bit softer on the palate. More milk than bitter. Alcohol provides some warmth but pretty well integrated. A bit of dark fruit in there as well. A nice creamy mouthfeel. A bloody nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 09:36:28 | More by Macca
Photo of heygeebee


3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pous a one finger tan head over a black-ish body, head does not last, and little lacing

Aromas are restrained - I think I have a problem I cannot smell aroma off stouts :-) A little roast malt, a little caramel.

Taste is dark chocolate / a little coffee. Warmly alcoholic. Bitterness is there, but not overpowering.

Mouthfell is good and chewy, not too oily.

Nice drop overall. Good winter find.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 10:15:16 | More by heygeebee
Photo of vancurly


3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, deep garnet. Heavy tan head that leaves a nice lace at every level...
Aromas of roasted grains, caramel.
Richly flavoured, iced coffee-like. It's dark, bitter chocolate in a glass.
Chewy mouthfeel, and the bitter finish makes a well balanced, fire-side winter drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2006 09:05:39 | More by vancurly
Photo of eric5bellies


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank on tap at Squires brew house Perth.

A - Pours a nice deep Mahogany colour, with a tanned head that lasts the distance and laces.

S - Nescafe like aromas with plenty of roasted malt.

Nice coffee flavours with maybe a hint of chocolate. The roasted malts are very well balanced with a hint of brown sugar. Smooth stout is this.

M - Medium to full body with low to medium carbonation.

D - A very sessionable stout. I put this just ahead of Coopers as the best mass produced stout in OZ. Because of the smoothness and the well hidden alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 12:52:29 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of jarmby1711


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a wonderful stout this is.
What it fails to deliver in smell ,a quality, of which to my nose it is bereft , makes up for in taste.
Ther is bitterness there and stewed stone fruits and just as you think the burnt grains are going to kick in it softens , which says to me Drink a whole lot more of this.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2005 09:19:58 | More by jarmby1711
Photo of RollingAlong


4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-12-2012 02:35:07 | More by RollingAlong
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweetish stout from the Southwark stables. Lots of chocolate and coffee in there, and a bit jammy aswell, quite thick, and complex, nice bitter coffee finish, and extremely tasty, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2002 22:57:02 | More by rastaman
Photo of Gusler


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the pour the quintessential stout pour a pitch black color with the head purposeful in size, frothy in texture with the color a representative chocolate brown, and as it dissipates a thick and glutinous sheet of lace forms to obscure the glass. Nose has a toasted grain and coffee like tones at the front and a bittersweet chocolate sweetness at the back, a true pleasure to sniff. Start is ambrosial and lots of thick malt with the top full and rich, finish has a middling hop spicy bite, the carbonation mild and the aftertaste chocolate malt dry and long lasting, decent "Stout" by any standards and quite a treat to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2003 15:56:08 | More by Gusler
Photo of mungus


4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-12-2014 05:44:48 | More by mungus
Photo of dansmcd


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours black under a decent tan head and spots of lacing.

S - mmm.. chocolate, plum, raisin, coffee.

T - follows the nose, good complexity, mocha, some hop bitterness, lot of dark fruit.

M - nice smooth full body, low carbonation.

O - really solid stout. Nothing huge or bold about it, just a tasty, well balanced brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 13:18:56 | More by dansmcd
Photo of BeerNutta


4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Southwark Old Stout.

A = Poured black with a thin light brown head. Looks great.

S = Smells of dark brown chocolate and plums. Yum

T = Taste is a sweet roasted malt start with a smooth chocolate middle and slightly bitter coffee finish.

M = Very smooth. Low carbonation so it is easy to drink and distinguish the flavours.

D = Very drinkable. Good cold weather beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 03:06:06 | More by BeerNutta
Photo of doktorhops


4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southwark Old Stout is a brew I've heard mentioned before by South Australians as the Stout that gives Coopers Best Extra a run for its money, and that is a bold claim as Coopers BES is indeed my favourite Aussie Stout. However I think my South Australian cousins may be on to something, and if so this will prove to be the Stout that finds a place in my coveted fridge door shelf alongside Little Creatures Pale Ale, Weihenstephaner Hefe, Founders Breakfast Stout and the mighty Duvel... oh yeah and Trappistes Rochefort 10 as well.

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Pouring was interesting - to get a head of any sort I had to agitate the bottle violently, though this is not uncommon with a heavy Belgian beer I'm surprised to see it happen with anything brewed in Australia. The body is opaque black with a minimal tan ring around the glass.

S: Some classic Stout aromas at play: Dark chocolate, espresso coffee and vanilla, plus a touch of rum make this quite a large and foreboding brew... not that anyone is complaining.

T: Espresso notes are bold and upfront with this impressive and hearty Stout. This is followed by the expected dark chocolate and vanilla characters (the above noted rum being absent). Just the right amount of toasted malt sweetness is present as well. The finish is a burnt ground coffee bitterness that balances out the malt.

M: A nice rich, thick body and a creamy carbonation sets this above Coopers BES and really makes it one damn fine Ale.

D: It's rare this day and age to find a bold heavy Stout like this from a Macro owned brewer (this beer is a Lion Nathan owned product) when many others are being watered down ad nauseam (e.g. Guinness Draught, Guinness Extra, Murphy's Stout, Carlton Black). Compared to them this is like a breath of fresh, or in this case heavy, air. Does it slay the mighty Coopers Best Extra Stout though? IMO - Yes, yes it does (said opinion may be based on the higher ABV of this particular tipple, don't judge me).

Food match: Cigars, dark chocolate and sharp cheeses would suit this knight in black armour.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2014 08:29:21 | More by doktorhops
Photo of sulldaddy


4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle in St Kilda and poured a chilled bottle into a tumbler. Hotels never have real glasses in the rooms.
The beer pours a rich pitch black color with hints of a dark chocolate brown on edges of glass.
There is a tan creamy head of 1 cm that fades slowly to a sturdy surface layer, leaving tight lattice as it recedes.
Aroma is appealing with a mocha scents dominant and some roasted malt, almost burnt notes as well as just a hint of sweet toffee. The first sip reveals a fairly thick body with large prickly carbonation. Flavor is sweet chocolate than bittersweet dark chocolate and some coffee notes as well. Roasted malt finishes it outt just slightly bittersweet that lingers in my mouth for a bit. This is quite a tasty beer and the best one I sampled in a bottle from the store.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2005 16:25:53 | More by sulldaddy
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Southwark Old Stout from South Australia Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.