Southwark Old Stout - South Australia Brewing Co.
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4.19/5 rDev +9.1%
375ml stubby brown twist-cap bottle purchased from Steve's Cool Booze in Kingsford.
Pours a pleasant deep black-brown, with a firm, chocolatey head of bubbles that settle out to a persistent film. Lacing is speckled and spotty. Body looks quite pleasantly fluid, but holds what carbonation there is rather firmly. Overall, it's reasonably pleasant.
Nose is dusty with pleasant mild roast, some meaty characters, and a pleasant sweet spiciness. There's a depth to the darkness: plenty of sweetness to back it up: suggestions of toffee, raisins and milk chocolate, and even a suggestion of the extra alcohol, which gives some rich aromas of port. It's very pleasant stuff.
Taste is also good. Long but mildly roasted palate, leaves a pleasant toasty sweetness throughout its length. Browned sweet bread, nutella, chocolate, toasted nuts. This is backed up by a slight upkick in the darkness towards the end and a pleasantly dry and relatively crisp ending. Some of the deeper burnt toffee and sugar characters come through too, lending some complexity. It's far more exciting than I expected or remembered.
Feel is a touch light, especially for 7.4% ABV, but that does help with the crispness at the end, which is beneficial in my mind.
Overall, this is a cracking stout. Smooth and drinkable, but with complexity and richness of flavour. It's very well structured and dangerously drinkable. Easily the best dark beer brewed by one of the big boys here in Australia, and a very good beer in its own right.
03-30-2013 07:32:22 | More by lacqueredmouse
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
01-06-2003 15:56:08 | More by Gusler
3.38/5 rDev -12%
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.
11-06-2002 15:27:45 | More by Dogbrick
4.18/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
12-09-2005 16:25:53 | More by sulldaddy
3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
07-28-2010 01:49:26 | More by brendan13
3.8/5 rDev -1%
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.
08-11-2011 10:15:16 | More by heygeebee
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
10-07-2011 12:52:29 | More by eric5bellies
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
01-05-2013 13:18:56 | More by dansmcd
3.58/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
08-23-2005 09:17:00 | More by joecast
3.63/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
07-19-2010 13:51:00 | More by mulder1010
3.85/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
08-17-2006 09:05:39 | More by vancurly
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
11-09-2005 09:19:58 | More by jarmby1711
3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
12-02-2008 09:36:28 | More by Macca
4.13/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
07-15-2014 08:29:21 | More by doktorhops
2.93/5 rDev -23.7%
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.
11-12-2003 12:11:36 | More by diablo14
3.63/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
11-12-2003 23:49:46 | More by koolk
4.38/5 rDev +14.1%
An awesome bottle of beer, second only to Guinness on tap. True to the style, roasted barley adds flavor and gives color to the head.
Great taste and high alcohol makes this a deadly combination if you're going to have a few.
Wine might go with some foods better, but have this to finish your meal. Spectacular when paired with a chocolate desert, or with chocolate ice cream.
10-28-2002 18:32:39 | More by MAB
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
01-03-2006 03:06:06 | More by BeerNutta
4.75/5 rDev +23.7%
I'm a little ill at the moment, but this stout is the best medicine. Re-reviewing because my last review was very enthusiastic. "I feel GREAT! YEAH!"
Anyway, appearance is good but not great - very low head retention, but there are legs on the glass and some lacing. Deep dark brown but not black. The crappy head retention may have been because I didn't wash the glass quite well enough. Maybe I coughed up some phlegm into it, who knows. When it was poured the beer had a perfect light brown, creamy, delicious head.
Smell: Very complex. My nose is blocked but I can still detect solvent alcohol, burnt grain, coffee, tobacco, dark chocolate and bitter hop aromas.
Taste: Medicinal yet refreshing, potent but very drinkable. An extremely fine stout, remarkably better than Southwark's other beers. Alcohol is palpable but not over the top - the beer is suitable even for a hot summer's day.
Mouthfeel: Smooth as silk. Nothing more to say.
Drinkability: I feel like a few of these tonight, but I'm not tough enough to throw these sticky soups down my throat all night. Soothes a dry, sore throat however, and makes you forget about your ailments. Probably my favourite stout.
07-20-2005 15:54:44 | More by Weizenmensch
Southwark Old Stout from South Australia Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.