Outback Black Opal | Outback Brewery Pty Ltd

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Outback Black OpalOutback Black Opal

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Outback Brewery Pty Ltd

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 11-18-2003

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.53/5  rDev +39%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chocolatey brown with very frothy beige head, sinking with a soft sizzling noise. Bubbles are small but visible and it leaves a few clumps of nice sticky lace as it goes down. Actually quite a good looking beer. I'm relieved more than anything.

Nose is quite nice, although an overly roasted character is prominent. A nice bitter cocoa character though gives off a slight sweetness, while a burnt grain character is there too. Slightly bitter aroma, slightly sweet. Yeah, it's slightly nice.

Taste definitely has a lot of that roasted grain character, with a substantial hint of burnt toast, but it's not overwhelmed by this. Front palate is slightly sweet and also with a tart edge, with a burgeoning blood plum character, while mid is taken up by a mocha flavour which is quite subtle and nicely handled. Lots of cocoa, slight smokey character, hint of golden syrup as well. Finish is slightly bitter and ashy, definitely a brimful of ash on this '45. It doesn't really spoil this, although the hang is a disappointing residual of an otherwise nicely flavoured and subtle dark ale.

Mouthfeel a bit thin, slightly puckering from the tart and bitter expansion, but it does hold the flavour up pretty well.

This is a decent beer from Outback, at least considering the company it keeps. While I count myself a (and I think the ONLY) fan of their chilli beer, I think this is the one they should market more, it's quite a decent drop.

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Photo of FrothyBeverage
3.6/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wrote notes on this beer while drinking it. I was shocked when i read the other reviews, then i realized they were all aussies. This beer has a very dark onyx color. You cannot see through the glass at all. Very little brown head. The smell is offensive to the nose. Has a very sour fermented aroma. Good thing it does not taste like it smells. It has a smokey choclate taste with hints of coffe and roasted malt. Its a very mellow beer and goes down smooth. Feels good going down my throat. I find this beer to be a very solid dark beer and highly drinkable. It lives up to its name. The bottle also claims "natural and perservative free" which is always a plus.

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Photo of LittleCreature
2.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - 3.0
Poured a decent sized beige head that reduced to a thin layer, then disappeared atop leaving a black, almost opaque beer.

Smell - 2.5
Sweetish, slightly roasty aroma, smells of cocoa, and surprisingly, raspberry syrup!

Taste - 2.5
I'm not sure who added this beer, but it is clearly a porter, not a dark mild ale. It is a little sweeter than is typical for the style, but has just enough toasty bitterness for balance, and flavours of carob and glace cherry.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Moderate, reasonably fine carbonation, a little thin for the style.

Drinkability - 2.5
Unusually, this beer tastes best when ice cold, as the undesirable flavours and aromas come out with warmth.

OVERALL - 2.65
I started off thinking that this beer is hugely underrated, but as it warmed, the flaws came out. For someone who enjoys dark beers and does not mind something a bit different, I would say this is worth trying. Not as awful as the other reviews suggest.

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Photo of vancurly
2/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

*** I bought this as a part of a discounted 5-pack. After reviewing the third beer, I'm seeing a trend that surely indicates these beers must be past their use-by date.... hence the discount ***
Dark garnet-reddish brown, beige head that fizzes away.... I don't think there will be much left in a minute....
Reminds me a lot of Tooheys Old ... caramel/cola sort of aroma.
Flavour similar, although a more creamy mouthfeel....like a cola ice cream soda. No hop flavour evident.
There's a soda tang; no bitterness.

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Photo of diablo14
1/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

what the hell kind of beer is this? i could not believe it when i tried it. it tastes like its trying to be six different styles of beer and doesnt come up to scratch in any of them.

the color was unforgettable for all the wrong reasons. it looked like cola cordial that hadnt been fully mixed. the head was like coke, big and bubbly and died in 2 seconds. the aroma was of a bad wheat beer. smelled of rotting fruit, really sickly sweet. the taste was metallic, sweet to the point of unbearable, and where was the malt? or the hops? (by the harshness i think they must be part of a can recycling program and used those, not hops) i said it looked like a cordial, well it smelled and tasted worse. this is the sort of beer youd be forced to drink by your pissed mates in a skulling contest coz they know youd be out of the running early. real chunder material.

all i can say is that if people in this country are going to start brewing beers, PLEEEZ will you actually learn how to brew first? this beer is worse than even a bad home brew. the worst micro in oz easily, up there with independant.

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Outback Black Opal from Outback Brewery Pty Ltd
Beer rating: 2.54 out of 5 with 5 ratings