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Cracked this one at The Brick Store on a Friday lunchtime. Simple pour with standard black body and nice, mocha head. A very light drinking stout. Influence from the oysters? Maybe, but if there is an character at all it manifest in the light nature of the beer....

Lump Of Coal

500 mL bottle. Green’s, Atlanta, GA, USA. $5.95. Black body with some ruby red highlights. Some spotty lace on the surface of the beer. Licorice in the nose. Tasty beer but not really stout like. Good malts, but not much bitterness. A little thin in the mouth...

Lion Stout

330mL bottle, $1.99 as a single at Michael’s Atlanta, GA, USA. Poured into the Brasserie des Rocs chalice, it forms a one inch head before receding to leave an espresso film and some very nice, very fine lacing. Black opaque. Big chocolate nose. Very mild...

Coopers Best Extra Stout

Jet black pour with a disappointing head and not much lacing. Lots and lots of sediment, a little too much for my liking in this style. For whatever reason, the sediment in the jet black body looks slightly off-putting (perhaps that’s the Guinness perfect pint...