Clout Stout - Nail Brewing Australia Pty Ltd
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4.15/5 rDev +1.5%
Bottles courtesy of, and a huge thanks, to MrKennedy. Notes and scores combined of a 2010 and 2011.
A - black black black, tan head with lace. Better head retention for 2011
S - modest in both cases. 2010 very muted, 2011 roasts, choc.
T - both big beers, but 2010 more milk stout driven and somewhat subtle if a 10%+ beer can be subtle, 2011 more on the choc roast side, however, and it's an important however, no one element of choc, roast, hint licorice stood out.
M - 2010 low carbonation. 2011 higher. Both outstanding in terms of no alcohol to be found, amazing given high ABV.
O - very different beers, noted it was difficult to believe they were stablemates in some ways. 2011 was outstanding as a more standard RIS, the 2010 more an 'integrated' dark beer experince. Sensational all round.
But yes, as per my usual, I have taken 0.5 off for price point.
09-15-2013 08:56:17 | More by heygeebee
4.2/5 rDev +2.7%
750ml bottle, 2010, bottle 205 of 300. Opened with spicelab and heygeebee along with a 2011 straight after. Review is for the 2010, into a ToOl Teku.
Pours a matt black colour with a tan head of foam on top. Some lacing before it receded.
Smell reminded me of a slightly bigger milk stout with a really nice milk chocolate smell. Noticeable was the absence of any real roasted malt aroma. Just plenty of chocolate in an almost milkshake like manner.
Taste follows on. Lots of chocolate, but not sweet or artificial. Didn't get too one dimensional however, despite the lack of any roast or bitterness.
Soft, amazingly well rounded and very subtle. Sort of slinks around in the glass and does the same thing in the mouth. Reminiscent of a really nice oatmeal stout in its roundedness. Incredibly easy to drink and could easily have had all 25.9 oz on my own. ABV is so well hidden. A real noticeable lack of bitterness.
Not your typical RIS as per the notes above. Does it need to be? Really nice beer that is very well done. Never at any point did it seem like 10.6% ABV. A shame about the price point, but in saying that you could do a lot worse for value in this country.
In comparison to the 2011, i found the more recent one to suffer a bit from higher carbonation, more bitter and less well integrated.
09-13-2013 02:32:29 | More by MrKennedy
3.33/5 rDev -18.6%
Pours black as the night with a a tan head.
Nose shows liquorice, solventy booze and roasted malt. Too young perhaps?
Similar flavours with roasted malt, coffee, heavy liquorice and lots of booze.
Too highly carbonated.
The overt booze is the main problem holding this back.
05-28-2013 02:10:10 | More by CrazyDavros
3.23/5 rDev -21%
Andrejes brought a bottle of this one over to share with the rest of us. Cheers man!
From a 750ml into a snifter
Bottle 141 of 600
APPEARANCE: Pours out dark brown and yields a big, thinner, loose light mocha head with good retention. Head fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. Body is black with no visible carbonation. Light wisp remains for the duration of the glass. Color is fine, but the head's a little lack luster on this one.
SMELL: Mild nose, unfortunately. Some roasted and cocoa aromas with touches of licorice. Decent, just not forthcoming enough to be memorable.
TASTE: Some roasted malts, cocoa and licorice up front, much nice the nose, but bolder and more impressive flavors come out after the swallow. Burnt and charred malts, pure, bitter dark chocolate, and some noticeable alcohol linger on the palate. Bold roasted and boozy flavors, which are actually quite enjoyable.
PALATE: Thin and airy body; very light and overcarbonated on the palate. Bubbly and abrasive going down, finishing quite sticky still. It becomes a little creamier as it sits, but it's still too light and overcarbonated for the style. Not pleasant.
OVERALL: I really wanted to like this. The flavor is actually quite enjoyable, but the rest of the package just doesn't meausre up. The nose is too mild, but most of all, the feel is light, bubbly and abrasive, which is just all wrong for the style. That said, I was very glad to be able to try this beer, so another big cheers for bringing it over Andrejes!
12-21-2012 13:57:19 | More by Jeffo
4.3/5 rDev +5.1%
Bottle 201 of 300. Bottled March 22, 2010.
Great anticipation of this day.
A: Black as black. Held up to the light almost nothing penetrates. No ruby highlights. Very slight lightening in the edge of the glass. Creamy head develops if poured hard into the bottom of the glass 'as directed' by the sleeve. Head dissipates to zero with the first few sips. Looks as luxurious as you would expect.
S: Smell permeates right from cracking of the crown. Roasted coffee and chocolate of the bat. You can smell the malty sweetness but its all very smooth.
T: Milk Chocolate up front (as opposed to dark choc) combined with golden syrup sweetness to the point of being very slightly cloying. Liquid chocolate melts along until some slight roast flavours arrive. The finish brings the hop bitterness to balance out the syrup sweet and slight coffee rounds it out. Surprisingly short finish for such high alcohol and IBU.
M: Velvety smooth. Creamy but not unnecessarily thick. Could be more so.
O: Outstanding Stout in my opinion. The whole package comes together brilliantly and its a super smooth and enjoyable drink which holds up as expected under aging. Will continue to reward into the years, if you can resist!
12-19-2012 11:52:28 | More by Quartermaine
4.38/5 rDev +7.1%
Bottle 2010. Shared with boozecamel, MrKenendy and danieelol. Reviewed from notes.
Lighter and thinner than the typical motor-oil RIS look with a short-lived saffron head giving way to a minimal collar.
Nose is also quite demure for a RIS. Moderate savoury roast character underpins notes of liquorice, dates, molasses, muscatels, candy floss and cherry-ripe.
Taste is bigger and better. Rich mocha, caramel fudge and choc-cherries with a nice dry herbal edge to it. There's a very mild plasticy presence, but it feeds into the mouthfeel, creating smoothness.
Sublime mouthfeel. Creamy, syrupy but not remotely heavy. Just enough carbonation. Perfect.
Delicious and highly drinkable. Not cut from the mould of RISs that try and throttle you, rather a lovely mellow integration of the elements.
12-14-2012 00:59:31 | More by spicelab
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
Pretty much inky black colour with a foamy tan head. Decent head retention that falls down to a thin film over the beer.
Really insanely rich chocolate. Liquorice. Sweet alcohol and some berries. Maybe a little cherry. Just really bloody good.
Rich and insanely good. There is some nice chocolate, lots of malt, touches of roast, plenty of sweetness and then even a little smoky phenolic as well. Some generic malt rounds it out. Rich, robust and very nice.
Full body with moderate carbonation. Nicely built in a way that supports all the flavours and just works.
A delicious beer. The price is high but there is quality here. Phenomenal chocolate character that works well with the liquorice.
09-03-2012 09:24:24 | More by dgilks
4.05/5 rDev -1%
Someone shared this at the largadeer office tasting - baggio perhaps? It was originally from mulder1010 though, so thanks to him for paying the high price tag. Bottle #207 of 300, March 22nd, 2010. Served in a tulip.
A - A thin tan foam settles to some wisps, a thin collar, and a few spots of lace. Very dark brown body. Bonus .5 for the awesomely attractive box and bottle though.
S - Not what I was expecting at all with my Americanized palate. There's a bit of milk chocolate and malted milk balls (i.e. Whoppers), but this is seriously fruity, with notes of red licorice, prunes, figs, and raisins.
T - The taste has a bit more roast character coming though, with perhaps a hint of smoke. Combined with the hefty dose of milk chocolate and Whoppers there's some version nice balance here - not as fruity as the aroma suggests either.
M - Smooth medium-full body, chewy texture, lower carbonation, and shockingly well-hidden alcohol - I would have guessed maybe 8%.
D - This was a pleasant surprises. It's a well-crafted and enjoyable English-style RIS. I think I prefer the more aggressive roast in Murray's Wild Thing, but this is nearly as enjoyable.
02-22-2012 00:42:19 | More by MasterSki
4.65/5 rDev +13.7%
Review #500. Thanks to spicelab for the beer. Bottle 013 of 300.
Been waiting for the appropriate opportunity to open this up. Figure celebrating thanksgiving and finishing my uni course should suffice.
I generally don't consider packaging when judging appearance but if there was a category for it, this would get a 6. The bottle and box combination are first class all the way.
The beer itself lives up that first impression. Deep black with fine dark brown bubbles. Like most beers of this strength there is minimal head. What gives me joy is the continuous formation of fine dark brown beading as the glass is swirled. Low carbonation but absolutely spot on for this beer.
Nose tends more to the molasses, dark brown sugar, coffee, slight charred meat end of the spectrum. Some light alcohol heat which is more an indication of strength than an intimidation of the taste buds.
At about 1.5 yrs in the bottle this still has the presence of a fairly young beer. A bit brash and some rough edges show it has and will continue to hold up well in the bottle. Roast coffee bean and molasses, some drying roast malt, wonderful. Some room for integration of the different components as it continues to age but as of now the beer is powerful without being overpowering.
Drinks well for such a big stout. Nice to sit back and sip the glass as it warms without getting a feeling of being overly full off a heavy beer.
What else to say. This has been one of the best Australian beers I've had and given another year or two would challenge for best stout full stop. Quality all the way through.
11-27-2011 10:42:28 | More by joecast
4.33/5 rDev +5.9%
Drunk as my unofficial 1000th beer review about a month ago.
Pours a very, very dark colour, light is maybe visible near the edge but otherwise black. Head is a lovely ochre colour, whispy and sunk quickly. Lace is something else, thick curtains down the glass. Looks wonderful.
Smell is rich and dark. Very chocolatey with lots of cocoa, but sweet with dried fruit: raisins and prunes; otherwise some lovely coconut notes. Beautiful nose, just cracked the whip in all the right spots.
Taste is surprisingly smooth, but beautiful and sweet as well, very complex. Rich with lots of chocolate notes, rich and sweet, lots of cocoa, roasty and slightly bitter to midway but not quite as full as it could be (of flavour, that is). Nice sweet complexities come through late-mid with coconut, glacé cherries and pine nuts. Lots of complexities and spice on the back with black pepper for an overall wonderful imperial stout flavour. Complex, but not as burgeoning with flavour as it might have been.
Smooth, full, little bit dry. Just a whisper of booze but no heat at all. Just beautiful.
An excellent beer, wonderfully constructed and more than a match for its big US cousins.
07-17-2011 23:10:53 | More by laituegonflable
4.5/5 rDev +10%
Very pleased to be drinking this. I purchased this for @LaitueGonflable as a birthday present, and fortunately, he was kind enough to crack it open with me. (The plan is complete...)
Pours a deep brown-black colour, with reddish tinges at the edges. When tilted, the carbonation streams in tiny lines up the edge of the glass. Head is very dark indeed, with a lovely ring of dense bubbles around the edge. Looks very good indeed.
Nose is rich, dark and slightly smoky, with oaky overtones. Boozy notes come through as well, along with some grassy characters. It blends very nicely, but I'd love a bit more depth, a little more sweetness or some more raw aggression. Certainly still very good.
Taste is wonderful. Big sweet smooth characters: oak, dark molasses, burnt sugar, raspberry marshmallows and coffee. All very well integrated, and all lovely and dark. It's smooth and velvety, and so complex. This is a really lovely stout.
So smooth, so slick, so drinkable. This is a really, really lovely Aussie stout, and a worthy special release. Does it warrant the price tag? You bet! I'm totally happy to fork out my hard-earned for beer of this calibre, and totally happy to financially support Australian breweries who go out of their way to give us something big and bold like this.
06-15-2011 10:35:31 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
Gave in and decided to give this puppy a try.
Bottle number 113/300 10.6% ABV Bottled on March 22 2010
A-- Poured a dark cola color and settled almost oil black. Dark brown head that quickly went to milk chocolate colored film after reaching at best a height of one finger. On swirling the glass got a one and a half finger head of dark chocolate colored head then back to milk chocolate colored film. A few line of lacing but not much else.
S-- Stewed plums, pear (yes I got pear!), and floral. The more it warms up the more the chocolate and some molasses come out but a very floral smell. Quite different.
T-- Get the Golding hops off the bat, very assertive. Get chocolate, a lot of malt and more of a floral taste in the mouth. Very silky after the hops wear off.
M-- Flavors change as worked my way through this. Was a bit thin at first with a lot of silky tones to this. It changed to a bit of a floral, acidic bitter coffee and then went to rolled sweet oats. Very low carbonation and starts off as medium and the more it warms up the heavier it gets. Long lasting finish but just a small bit of an ABV burn going down. Can see where this is Nail Stout seriously suped up. Long lasting flavor and long lasting coating.
D-- No alcohol smell and really no taste of it until after each sip. Slow sipper but this is seriously good. Flavors change and grow and get more complex as the beer warms up. Can see how this will seriously get better with age on it. Issue is price tag, $60AU for a bottle of this is very steep but this is also very good.
01-17-2011 11:15:56 | More by mulder1010
Clout Stout from Nail Brewing Australia Pty Ltd
88 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.