It's been a little while since the last Little Creatures Single Batch release - and a fair while since this one was originally conceived. The Dreadnought came about from an in-house competition, with head brewer Alex Troncoso setting his brewers and any other home brewing types within the Creatures family the task of coming up with something big and dark for a winter release. The winner was this, ramped up to a full brew length and now making its way onto taps and into bottleshops across the land. It's certainly achieved the goal of being big and black: at 7.4% it's quite possibly the biggest thing to come out of the brewery (and possibly one in the eye for those who've claimed previous Single Batch releases were too conservative). A Foreign Extra Stout that's nigh on black in the glass with a deep brown head and a blood red tint if you care to get up real close, it's another addition to a fine winter season of dark whoppers Down Under. It's pretty highly hopped using the Fuggles variety, which has an earthy aroma that blends with the darker malts on the nose rather than offering a contrast as the New World hops favoured by some brewers in their big stouts this year tend to. There's plenty of shades of malt to unravel, while the hops return in the mouth before it all wraps up with a long-lasting roasty finish.