Southwark Old Stout | South Australia Brewing Co.

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Southwark Old StoutSouthwark Old Stout
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Southwark Old StoutSouthwark Old Stout

Brewed by:
South Australia Brewing Co.

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 08-07-2002

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of diablo14
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Dogbrick
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of Stew41
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Stuckey_Stuckey
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of joecast
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of koolk
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of rec
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of brendan13
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of szmnnl99
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of heygeebee
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Macca
3.8/5  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.

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Photo of vancurly
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of RollingAlong
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of rastaman
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of NeoClassicist
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of mungus
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of dansmcd
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerNutta
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Southwark Old Stout from South Australia Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 34 ratings