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Nail Stout - Nail Brewing Australia Pty Ltd

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BA SCORE
85
very good

20 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Nail Brewing Australia Pty Ltd
Australia

Style | ABV
English Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 02-29-2004)
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Photo of ADZA
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer actually should be classed as an oatmeal stout because thats what it is and even says so the front label and the ABV is actually 6%,it pours a black opaque colour with nice carbonation that leaves a one finger tan head,it has really lucious aromas of dark mocha and roasted caramel malts,it has a nice mouthfeel which feels just right for this style nice and thick and chewy with flavours of mocha and chewy roasted malts but is balanced out perfectly with a nice subtle bitter finish to balance out the sweetness and there is no sign of any alcohol taste at all,this is such a nice beer i can understand why it has won so many awards as it has and the best thing about it is its brewed here perfect.

ADZA, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of stevied71
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%

stevied71, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of mulder1010
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ML bottle poured into a tulip

A-- Poured reddish black, settled jet black. Huge two finger mocha colored head that lasted for a good amount of time before slowly fading away. Head left big streaks of lacing. Looks like lacing from a root beer float. Excellent head retention upon swirling. Right back to two finger height.

S-- Coffee, mocha, brown sugar, roasted malts and roasted oatmeal. Faint bits of lemon citrus also come into the equation.

T-- Bitter chocolate coffee taste but not overwhelming. Reasonably smooth. Roasted malts and oats. A little bit of a lemony sweet and sourness as well.

M-- Medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Very smooth and easy to savor. Halfway through the beer the lemon taste drops off and am left with Coffee, dark chocolate and soft oats. Very well done.

D-- Smooth and easy to drink. ABV is listed on the bottle at 6% and it is very well hidden. Very good beer and can drink 2-3 of these in a sitting. Only bummer is how hard it is to find unless you are in Perth

mulder1010, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +6.1%

csmartin6, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of mungus
4/5  rDev +6.1%

mungus, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of LittleCreature
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Poured 2-3 fingers of bubbly dark beige head over a solid black body that is only penetrated by light around the edges. Good head retention.

Smell - 4.0
Very smooth and balanced aromas of roasted malt, expresso coffee, dark chocolate and leafy hops.

Taste - 4.0
As I have professed in earlier reviews, I am not a lover of stouts, but I can tell that this is a cut above the majority. There is the usual burnt flavour from roasted malt, but it is not overpowering and is well balanced with a dark sugar sweetness. Flavours of roasted coffee, leafy hops and a little pepper. There is little alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Low to moderate level of carbonation feels somewhat rough over the tongue and thick in the mouth, although it is not heavy.

Drinkability - 4.0
For a stout of 6%ABV I would say this is very drinkable. It was not a struggle to finish by any means, I would drink it again.

OVERALL - 4.0
An award winner and deservedly so. This is a beautifully smooth stout that deserves to be drank overseas.

LittleCreature, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of eric5bellies
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank on Tap at Clancy's fish pub.

A - Pours a dark deep Ebony colour befitting of a stout. TAneed head last a while before slowly fading away.

S - Expresso aromas are present, with soem caramelised sugars, maybe a little citrus.

T - Some nice dark cocoa flavours up front, before some roasted malts kick in, a little bitter on the finish.

M - Medium to full body and carbonation, maybe a little light on body.

O - I don't know of a better stout made in Australia at this ABV. It is smooth and offers plenty in flavour

eric5bellies, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Harts Pub in Sydney.

Pours a deep brown colour, lighter at the edges, but mostly consisting of a solid, heavy colour. Fine head forms a foamy, musky brown crest that leaves some middling but decent enough lacing. Looks like a solid, dependable stout: decent and tasty. Like it should.

Nose is relatively bland, but fine. There's nothing wrong with it: it's standard stout material. Fine, light dusty roasted characters, a little vegemite and a slight butyric suggestion (that is so faint I'm pretty sure it's not actually butyric acid). Quite restrained otherwise.

Taste is lovely. Toasty malt with a mild sweet uptilt and roast to balance it. Exceptionally smooth. Some char towards the back, but restrained, and just a hint of some banana esters coming through. It's all very nicely kept in balance, whatever is happening.

Feel is a little light, but that just aids the drinkability and sessionability.

And sessionable it is: this is a lovely, relatively lightweight stout. We need more sessionable, easy-drinking dark beers, and this is a good one. I like it a lot.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of dansmcd
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sail and Anchor in Fremantle.

A - Pours a deep dark black/brown with a tinge of red. A dense finger of tan head caps the body and creates some lace sheets.

S - Coffee, cocoa beans, brown sugar and ash.

T - Smooth combination of bitter coffee, dark chocolate and caramel. Nice depth.

M - Medium body, not as thick and full as some oatmeal stouts, moderate carbonation.

O - Was stoked to see this up on the board at the Sail and Anchor. I live in Perth and it's the first time Ive had the opportunity to try this celebrated stout after a good two years of craft beer enthusiasm. I wasn't let down.

dansmcd, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of admiral
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty, sessionable stout with great balance and variety of flavours

Aroma: dark malt/yeast

Taste: dark malt, dark fruit, slight smoke and vegemite and very slight dark chocolate

at or near the top of the Australian stouts - very nice and balanced beer

admiral, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of MrKennedy
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml handbottle of the latest batch. Huge thanks to MordeciaFunk for this. Into a Kishimoto Duvel tulip.

Pours a matt black colour with a finger of foam. The mocha foam falls to film over a couple of minutes.

Strong aroma of chocolate, chocolate topping and a touch of licorice. Really nice, especially for the abv, smells like there is plenty coming.

Sadly not quite as much. Taste has some coffee upfront and waves of chocolate after that. Some cocoa in there, but mainly chocolate and plenty of it.

Some coffee bitterness upfront but the smoothness of the chocolate takes care of that swiftly. Needs more bitterness in the back end as it sort of drops away as it becomes more akin to a milkshake.

Nice interesting stout that needs a bit more bite to see it become something special. Does get a touch watery at the finish, but still worth chasing. Hopefully the new brewery will see the capacity to be able to meet the solid demand for this beer that Nail have previously been unable to satisfy.

MrKennedy, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick jet black with reasonably-sized head that quickly fades to a thin layer.
Huge chocolate and coconut aroma wafts from the glass along with the expected roasted expresso. Lovely sweet background reminds me of morning coffee on the way to uni. Very slight hops aroma.
Huge roasted malts/grains hit slightly offset by acidic tang. Well countered by lasting bitterness. Taste doesn't quite impress as much as the aroma.
Rather smooth, but quite lively carbonation (more than I expected at least). Was also expecting it to be a tad creamier.
Aroma is what really defines this beer. A very enjoyable stout none the less.

CrazyDavros, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of heygeebee
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From Beer Cartel. No BB.

Pours black 'n' tan. One finger coarse head subsides to film.

Aromas of roast and coffee. Moderate.

Taste is good and bad. Good in that it has good choc/coffee/roast notes, plus hint of smoke/wood, but bad in that they do not stay around too long in the mouth. Somewhat watery taste.

Mouthfeel light to watery even taking into account low ABV.

Good stout, not a great one, tho not getting a lot of oatmeal.

heygeebee, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of Capt_Hotsauce
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Capt_Hotsauce, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of Mendicant
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Mendicant, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

jpd7374, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Gasc0igne
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Gasc0igne, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of rastaman
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad. Bit sweet though. Sweet mollasses and chocolate at the start, finish is roasty and bitter, but still sweet. Some tarryness in their aswell. Not too bad in the end, was hoping for something a little better, but its OK, can't complain, pretty tasty.

rastaman, Feb 29, 2004
Photo of jrallen34
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

330ml bottle sent to me my Mulder, drank from a tulip... A dark brown body, nothing of note. The head is medium tan, about two fingers rises and leave a full finger cap for several minutes. Ok lacing... Right away I don't get much out of this weak head so I give it a couple minutes to open up. Even as it warms, still not much comes through. The front gives off a very small bit of chocolate, a touch of smoke, then you get a weird body aroma. As bad as that sounds its not horrendous, primarily weak and boring... The taste is much stronger but the taste and mouthfeel are distracting. Its very ashy, charred ash, harsh. Some stale coffee and prunes. This is not very good... The mouthfeel is off, over-carbonated and dry is not a good combination.

My first impression of Australian craft, not off to a great start. I we go up from here.

jrallen34, Mar 16, 2011
Nail Stout from Nail Brewing Australia Pty Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.