Category Archives: Stout

Trillium Brewing ‘Pom Pom’ Milk Stout

Rating:

44115869_966475080203304_7127609433005228032_n“Cold weather and chilly New England wind are best paired with a dark, roasty beer. For our latest addition to our dark beer lineup we wanted to try our hand at a lactose addition.”

Glassware: Tulip.

Appearance: Mostly black with a ray of light penetrating at the base of the glass. A thumb of head forms which reduced to a halo with little lace as it ebbs.

Aroma: Not quite the rich, sweet and milky nose we were anticipating. It kind of strikes us as more of a porter with hints of lactose, nutty malt, toasty malt, dark fruits and earthy truffle. Maybe a touch of mild coffee and vanilla creeping through as it warms. Not a bad aroma by any means it’s just far from we’d expect from a milk stout.

Flavour: Again if we didn’t know any better we’d say it’s more of a porter with a subtle milky accent. Nothing wrong with the flavour profile though it’s got a nice mild roast, nutty malts, dark fruits, chocolate and vanilla. It has this uncanny resemblance to highly sugar-sweetned home made coffee with that milky lactose note finishing it off.

Mouthfeel: Too thin for a stout, we get that it’s a milk stout but we’d love a bit more weight on the tongue. It’s smooth as silk though and the 6.8% AbV is seriously well hidden.

Overall: Not a bad drop. Definitely wouldn’t stack up against the likes of Treehouse’s Human Condition or H.O.T.S. Some how it does the job though. Not one of Trillium’s finest offerings that’s for sure.

7 Stills ‘Scoop Di Woop’ Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Rating:

43771622_965392363644909_5963625673191849984_n“Hype can series. Barrel aged imperial stout.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Black as the ace of spades! It forms a short brown head which recedes to the rim and leaves a mix of spotty and wavy lace on the glass.

Aroma: Kind of has a faint hint of bush fire initially…it’s subtle yet distinctive. It’s hard to find any info on this beer but our guess is that it was aged in bourbon barrels as the scent of bourbon is very pronounced. Also picking up black strap molasses, licorice, old leather, dark chocolate, sweet espresso and burnt toast. The booze is sharp and penetrating, has a bit of a pungent acetone quality to it. Lots going on that’s for sure.

Flavour: Monstrous. Very big, very aggressive. There’s a rush of bourbon, booze and rich molasses and malt that actually intensifies as it proceeds. It moves in to bitter espresso coffee, smoked malts and charred earth before it rounds out on an extremely warming finish with enduring bourbon and subtle smoke on the rear.

Mouthfeel: A little too lean for our liking. Very harsh and showing every bit of the 13.5% AbV. Medium body. Mild-medium co2.

Overall: It has the bones of a really good stout but the balance is a real flaw. It’s like it needs more malt to not only fill it out but also to pull the bourbon and booze in to line…they’re way too prominent. Can’t say we’re much of a fan of this.

Trillium Brewing ‘Peanut Butter PM Dawn’ Imperial Stout

Rating:

43660206_964445510406261_27142398014390272_n“What started as a special treatment to celebrate our 5th Anniversary, is now a small scale batch! We started with the base recipe for PM Dawn American Stout, then slightly dialed back the ratio of cold brew Italian Roast from Barrington to allow the heavy dose of Peanut Butter to find it’s perfect place in the flavor profile and balance the beer.”

 

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Solid black with a short tan head. There’s a quick retreat to the rim with minimal lace as it subsides.

Aroma: We could literally smell it as we were pouring it in to our glasses. The peanut butter, although rich and moreish, was still meticulous in its delivery. With it comes hints of other assorted nuts and a fleeting hint of coconut and vanilla but the base PM Dawn aromas of charred malt, espresso coffee, cacao, dark chocolate and mild earthy spice fills it all out.

Flavour: The addition of peanut butter to this stout is genius. It’s actually quite a simple flavour profile but it has just been executed to perfection. The supporting flavours i.e coffee, dark chocolate, soft licorice and roasted malts result in an absolutely delicious and superbly balanced stout which goes the distance.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and inoffensive…almost silky. Medium-full body. Let’s remember we’re talking about a 10% AbV stout here. The way it glides over the tongue is criminal!

Overall: It’s pretty black and white….if you love peanut butter then you will love this! Although we’re somewhat impartial to peanut butter we think the addition of it here is brilliant. It screams dessert beer….and a high quality one at that!

Three Weavers ‘Southbounder’ Coffee Stout

Rating:

43252987_961422284041917_6514564170749313024_n“Best described as “adult iced coffee,” the base of our coffee stout, Southbounder, is rich with notes of dark chocolate and toffee – which pair perfectly with the medium roast of the coffee beans supplied by Northbound Coffee Roasters. And to make it even more interesting, the origin of coffee beans change with each batch.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Dense black with a thumb of tan foam perched on top. The head holds together pretty well and works a healthy lace down the walls of the glass.

Aroma: One word….heaven! The mix of that absolutely divine coffee and the lightly roasted malts is just next level. We want to bathe in it! It’s also very nicely supported by sweet milk sugars, vanilla, milk chocolate and caramel. Some may see it as a bit one-dimensional but if you love coffee and dark beer (like us!) then get amongst it!

Flavour: Hhhmmm…not as convincing as the nose unfortunately. The palate is still set alight with delicious sweet espresso, lactose and vanilla cream but it seems to lack that bottom end; like a big roasted malt bitterness to give it some oomph. It stays mild as it sails through the mid picking up hints of cocoa powder, milk chocolate and more sweet espresso coffee to finish.

Mouthfeel: Foamy, non-offensive and moderately bodied with lifted co2. That 7% AbV is tucked away rather well.

Overall: Quite the approachable stout here. We’d have to admit we love our stouts to be heavy and in-your-face but this is one of those one off occasions where we’d be happy to just kick back and throw it down. Even though that could be a little dangerous!

Three Weavers ‘Midnight Flight’ Imperial Stout

Rating:

43117183_960336174150528_1365722720213401600_n“Brewed with a base of two-row and maris otter, plus roasted barley, chocolate malt, and a slew of English crystal malts, our imperial stout delivers rich cocoa, dark fruit, and a smoky essence – just the companion you need for that midnight flight you have to take.”

Glassware: Tulip.

Appearance: Glossy black with a persistent two finger head forming on top. Good retention and healthy lace as it subsides.

Aroma: Lots of bottom end – charred malts, dark chocolate, cacao, espresso coffee, earthy truffle and choc chip cookies make up the bulk of it. Some fleeting hints of peat, vanilla and dark spice also coming through. Something a little fruity too which gains traction as it comes up to room temperature. Not bad.

Flavour: Dark, roasty and slightly charred with that molasses-like richness cutting in. The booze (9.5%) starts throwing its weight around early in the mid moving in to a rather bitter espresso coffee roast. Light smoky notes, charred wood and cacao tie it all up as a warming roasty bitterness sits on the back palate.

Mouthfeel: Maybe just lacking a bit of body. It’s nicely carbonated and light on for its size but for an impy stout we’re looking for a bit more density.

Overall: Not as impressed as we thought we’d be after their first entry. Yes it’s still a well structured stout but it’s lacking viscosity and definitely missing that knockout blow.

Fifty-Fifty Brewing ‘Eclipse’ Joseph Magnus Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Rating:

42363881_956184671232345_2086433398011723776_n“Imperial stout brewed with honey and aged in oak barrels. 2017 edition – Aqua wax.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Solid black with a finger of dark tan foam capping off. The head gradually peels off and forms a thick ring which works a healthy lace down the glass.

Aroma: Nice and big. We won’t go as far as saying it’s aggressive but it’s certainly knocking on that door. The bourbon barrels are front and center here – although we’ve never tried (or even heard of) this bourbon before it displays a rich caramel and toasty vanilla accent which is just divine! Not to mention the semi sweet honey, roasty malt, earthy tobacco and dark chocolate for days! This Eclipse stuff really is the ducks nuts!

Flavour: It’s incredible how smooth it is for a beer its size. Yeah we get the warming booze, bourbon, rich toffee and caramel and the roasted malts but it’s pleasant and remarkably well balanced. Tasting the vanilla, honey and woody oak as it rolls through the mid towards the less approachable yet luscious finish which endures brilliantly.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth with just a touch of warmth (11% AbV). Glides down the throat with ease! Medium-full body.

Overall: This Eclipse series really is top of its class and the list of medals that span over the last decade are only testament. They’re fun, well marketed and most importantly…absolutely delish! We can not fault this it’s simply outstanding.

Horus Aged Ales ‘Goshawks Territory’ Imperial Stout

Rating:

41367577_949477225236423_4225866104045568000_n“Imperial Stout with Almonds, Cacao, & Coffee added.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Pours like thick sump oil with hardly any head. It forms a halo and leaves a streaky lace drag in its wake.

Aroma: Seriously rich, intense and menacing. Our first thoughts are Amaretto, muscovado sugar, molasses, raw cacao nibs and sweet espresso coffee. It’s also impossible to miss the fresh vanilla beans, dark chocolate, warming alcohol and profiteroles along with undertones of treacle, charred malt and a very faint hint of marshmallow. Divine!

Flavour: Unbelievably viscous but more incredibly it’s smooth, decadent and rather sweet at times. Upfront there’s a delicious fusion of almond syrup, sweet coffee, molasses, dark chocolate and charred malts. A booze warmth coats the mid palate then rolls in to a bitter, roasted but also sweet and spicy finish with excellent length.

Mouthfeel: Dense, soupy and almost edible! Full body and a reasonably well behaved AbV of 13.6%. A slow but highly enjoyable quaffer.

Overall: For its weight and concentration it is dangerously easy to put back. How they do it is beyond us it is simply genius. Although it’s not barrel aged we feel this would still age well…the booze and the general size of it would surely hold it all together. Brilliant drop.

Treehouse Brewing Co ‘Human Condition’ Milk Stout

Rating:

40952105_947416678775811_4464452997627248640_n“We are so pleased to present Human Condition – a beer that follows closely to our long running philosophy of presenting richly flavorful, thoughtful, and well crafted beers that neither tire or weigh heavy on the palate. This beer works perfectly as a companion to a cold spring evening spent dreaming of warm sandy beaches. In the breadth of the human condition, we hope that this beer can offer a moment of joy amidst the endless ups and downs we encounter as we make our way through this fortunate journey of life.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black with a big and pillowy three finger head perched on top. It holds together and weaves a fine lace down the sides of the glass.

Aroma: She’s sweet and super nutty! Picking up all of the usual suspects – vanilla, lactose, marshmallow, choc chip cookies, caramel buds and cocoa. We’re finding traces of lightly toasted coconut, mocha, toffee fudge and maybe just the slightest hint of Nutella in there too. So moreish!

Flavour: It comes on with out of this world decadence. Malt roast and mildly bitter mocha behind a plethora of dessert-like flavour; toasted coconut, choc chip cookies, caramel fudge, vanilla, marzipan, melted brown sugar and earthy spice. A coffee roast bitterness makes a late appearance and leads in to a sweet, nutty and creamy finish with excellent duration.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, luscious and creamy. Medium body with a remarkably well concealed AbV (7.9%). Very elegant.

Overall: We bought these milk stouts (Human Condition, That’s What She Said, Somewhere, Something and Hold On To Sunshine) as a package and my God they are stunning. Dead set these guys have it absolutely dialled in!

The Bruery ‘Grey Monday’ BA Imperial Stout w Hazelnuts – 2014 Edition

Rating:

40597852_946073802243432_7804558448506437632_n“Grey Monday is a special, limited edition version of our Black Tuesday imperial stout to which we’ve added hazelnuts to the barrels while the beer ages. Originally concocted for a molecular gastronomy dinner at a favorite Orange County restaurant a few years ago, this variation on our already popular stout was an instant hit both among the restaurant diners and our own staff, begging to be brewed again and bottled up.”

Glassware: Tulip.

Appearance: Mostly black with a ray of light penetrating at the base of the glass. The pour aroused a cm crown which quickly snaps back to a ring. Minimal lace as we indulge.

Aroma: It’s ridiculously rich and indulgent, crammed full of booze-fuelled molasses, licorice, dates, port, dark chocolate and melted brown sugar. The years spent in bourbon barrels yields sharp yet alluring scents of caramel, oak, spice and just the slightest lick of vanilla. With everything that’s already going on we almost forgot about the hazelnuts…which to be honest are slightly drowned out.

Flavour: Like the aroma the richness and overall intensity is mind blowing yet it’s so damn tasty! The booze (18.5%) is immense but it eventually tapers off and the sweet dark fruits, bourbon oak, port, caramel, nuts and molasses begin to open up. A hint of malt roast, cocoa and plum/dates finish with more warming booze in the tail. Magnificent length on the rear.

Mouthfeel: Slick, sticky and super warming. Minimal co2 with expected alcohol astringency. One word….huge!

Overall: Like all Bruery beers this bad boy should be shared…unless you feel like downing 10+ standard drinks in one sitting! That aside the aroma and flavour profile is fantastic. Unbelievably complex but highly enjoyable.

Treehouse Brewing ‘Somewhere, Something’ Milk Stout

Rating:

40374928_943083579209121_4188707893836513280_n“This new American Stout is intended to complement the character of the season and the Thanksgiving tradition. We open this beer can serve as a lubricant to reflect and give thanks during this special time of year. Enjoy.”

Glassware: Tulip.

Appearance: Mat black with a finger of tan foam on top. The head holds together well and weaves a fine lace down the walls of the glass.

Aroma: Totally jam packed with moreish scents of cold brew coffee, mocha, marshmallow, vanilla, chocolate sauce, caramel, soya crisps and marzipan. It develops a bit of sticky and rich molasses, licorice and toffee fudge as it settles in. Maybe some very subtle milk sugars creeping in too. Dead set these guys have it absolutely dialled in!

Flavour: Holy moly this is just next level. The palate is simply set alight with everything dessert; chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla, toffee, marzipan and cocoa. Then there’s this delicate hint of dark berries and roasted nuts just for good measure. A bit of a tickle from the 7.9% AbV moves in to the slightly charred and mildly dry finish which displays a long cocoa and coffee roast note on the back palate.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat lean with hardly any chew to it – typical for a milk stout mind you. Moderate co2 and body.

Overall: Here’s another stellar offering from Treehouse. The way these guys pump out one epic beer after another is just unreal. We really feel for those craft beer fans living around the Boston area hey. Must be tough!

Trillium Brewing ‘PM Dawn’ American Stout w Coffee

Rating:

40237223_942516619265817_8814741091602399232_n“In another exciting collaborative effort with our neighbors at Barrington Coffee Roasters, we bring you a bold American stout infused with cold-brewed coffee. PM Dawn exhibits an earthy, freshly roasted coffee bean and dark chocolate/mocha nose. The flavor profile consists of vanilla, hot chocolate, and caramel along with rich espresso. With a medium to heavy body, luscious mouthfeel, and light bitterness, PM Dawn is balanced and full, smooth with a drying roast character.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Impenetrable black with a thumb of tan foam resting atop. The head is fairly well retained with healthy lace work down the glass.

Aroma: There aren’t many things in this world that smell better than freshly roasted coffee. Couple this with the aromatic notes of toasty malt, licorice, dark chocolate and dates and you have PM Dawn. There’s a fair amount of spice to it as well – mostly vanilla but with hints of clove and star anise. Just a touch of molasses sweetness poking through too. Lovely nose with great depth.

Flavour: Somewhat basic with the main elements at the forefront; pronounced coffee, dark chocolate, licorice and mild roasted malt which carry nicely through the mid. Some warming booze in the background along with a hint of fresh vanilla and a subtle molasses viscosity which leads in to a mild roasty coffee finish. Excellent length.

Mouthfeel: Quite thick, chewy and gelatinous as it comes up to room temperature. Discernible AbV (9%) with low co2. Medium-full body.

Overall: What begins as a straight forward coffee stout develops in to a rich and dense number that offers a fair bit of complexity. It’s nice and warming, plump and absolutely delish! A solid winter warmer!

Fifty-Fifty Brewing ‘Eclipse’ E.H Taylor BA Imperial Stout

Rating:

39507357_936051376579008_1875618291246956544_n“Stout brewed with honey and aged in oak barrels.”

Glassware: Tulip.

Appearance: Black with just the slightest hint of dark brown fused through. It builds a sturdy two finger head which persists and leaves a thick soapy lace trail down the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Oh wow, intriguing. Lots of bourbon coming through initially but not in the traditional and rather aggressive sense. This is nice and smooth, caramel-laden and sweet with vanilla, butterscotch, honey and maple syrup decadence. Getting good support from the roasted malts, barrels, molasses, licorice and coffee also. Picking up some spicy notes as it settles in. Sensational.

Flavour: It comes on strong without overdoing it. Nicely balanced with oak and just enough caramel/toffee sweetness to nullify the surging bourbon. Strong presence of spice and licorice leading to more of a viscous molasses in the middle. It continues this excellent progression in to a semi-rich, roasty and espresso finish which goes the distance.

Mouthfeel: Luscious creamy texture with medium-full body. Low Co2 and incredibly well masked AbV (11%).

Overall: Without a doubt the best Eclipse variation we’ve had. It’s rich and dense but it’s really well balanced by the honey and natural caramel sweetness imparted from the Buffalo Trace barrels. We’re literally salivating at the idea of a EH Taylor/Eclipse boilermaker now. Just need a spare $350 for a bottle!

Treehouse Brewing Co ‘Hold On To Sunshine’ Coffee Stout

Rating:

38855471_926894017494744_7627366626362392576_n“Hold On To Sunshine is a rich and delicious stout intended to be savored and enjoyed as we enter the cooler Autumn months here in New England. Life can come at us fast and hit us with unexpected hardship, inducing stress, fear, anger, confusion, sadness, and uncertainty. But together we must find solace and comfort in each other, and in something wonderful, equal, and free for everyone to hold on to – Sunshine. For Lauren.”

Glassware: Tulip.

Appearance: Jet Black with a thumb of finely beaded foam perched on top. Good head retention with wavy lace work down the glass.

Aroma: Plenty of uplift. Tonnes of black coffee, milk sugars/lactose, vanilla, marzipan, toasted marshmallow and roasted malts. Quite musky with undertones of dark chocolate, honeycomb, powdered cocoa and dark fruits backing up. It offers a solid density yet it’s still so light and pleasant to take in. Superb.

Flavour: Smooth and unbelievably well balanced. Delicious notes of coffee, vanilla, and milk sugars to the fore. A lovely roasted malt at the base along with dark fruits, licorice and hints of very mild molasses filling it out. Just a faint tickle of booze as it moves in to an ultimately dry finish with roasty malts, mild ash and coffee in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and silky smooth with an assertive dryness developing late in the piece. It holds an excellent weight and the 7.6% AbV shows through at just the right times.

Overall: Unbelievably well put together. This is our first crack at Treehouses dark range and it’s official…..they’re just as good as their hoppy beers. Brilliant balance between the bitter coffee and the sweet milk sugars, the booze is spot on and the roasted malts provide the perfect base. Delish!

Evil Twin Brewing ‘Irish-ish’ Coffee Stout

Rating:

38665667_921779991339480_3256103668755202048_n“This massive winter warmer is brewed with lactose, demerara sugar, nutmeg, vanilla, medium toasted oak spirals and – of course – a ton of delicious coffee from our friends at @tandemcoffeeroasters.”

Glassware: Tulip.

Appearance: Dense black with a thumb of reasonably well retained foam capping it off. It leaves a fine spotty lace clinging to the glass.

Aroma: Quite unique we must admit. It’s not the super rich and boozy nose we were anticipating it’s actually rather light and sweet with a heady dose of earthy spice and what we can best describe as piney hops. Lactose, vanilla and marshmallow makes up a fair chunk of the sweetness with just a touch of caramel and coffee to fill it out. Can’t say that were fans at the moment.

Flavour: Acting a bit more like an Irish coffee. Subtle coffee roast, crystallised sugars and what would appear to be the sweet and somewhat fruity Irish whiskey (cue those piney hops on the nose!). The booze starts to warm up around the mid, backed up by earthy spice and more coffee. Charred malts and a more bitter espresso note picks up and rolls in to the dry, toasty and semi sweet finish which endures nicely.

Mouthfeel: Silky, warming and kind of dense. Low Co2, medium-full body. 10.3% AbV – fairly well behaved.

Overall: It’s a good enough offering but it’s just a tad uninspiring. Back in our day we used to get stuck in to the Irish coffee post Anzac Day commemorations and ours didn’t taste anything like this. Maybe we weren’t making them properly! Nevertheless it’s nothing to write home about.

Dainton & CVBC ‘Cherry Gripe’ Chocolate Cherry & Coconut Stout

Rating:

38633648_921624381355041_6899310575235366912_n“Why the gripe? Well we had a bit of an in-house biffo so hence the name. And yes, it tastes like cherry, chocolate and coconut in perfect balance! Brewed with our mates from the Clare Valley Brewing Co. Not that Damo did anything at all. Lazy bugger.”

Glassware: Tulip.

Appearance: Opaque black with two fingers of fizzy brown head resting atop. Steady reduction, eventually settling to a halo. Lacing is wet and sparse as we hook in.

Aroma: Definitely hitting that fruity dessert beer note with lashings of juicy cherry, coconut flakes, strawberry jam, vanilla, chocolate and nutty malts. Maybe just a hint of toast and earthy truffle and or cocoa getting a look in also. Not so much cherry ripe, more jam doughnut meets lamington.

Flavour: Cherry ripe?? Nowhere to be seen. Yes there’s jammy notes of cherry, strawberry etc with hints of chocolate and coconut but nothing about it screams cherry ripe. More cherry fruits through the mid leading in to a mild roasty, dry and chocolate finish. Length isn’t too bad at least.

Mouthfeel: Lean and slippery – not what we’d expect from a 7.5% dessert stout. Mild Co2 and body.

Overall: Weak, watery and hardly resembling a cherry ripe. The reason why beers like Golden Stout Time (Big shed), Snickers and Ferrari Rocher (Bacchus) are so good is that they taste exactly like the sweet they’re emulating. They would have been better off brewing this and just calling it a cherry stout.

Hawkers Beer 2018 Bourbon & Rum BA Imperial Stouts – Parallel Review

Rating:

38247305_918540128330133_8350982347025285120_n“Big, dark, and beautiful. Bourbon on the nose with oak, vanilla, light coconut highlights. This beer is simply luscious. A rich Imperial Stout aged in rum barrels to give aromas of vanilla and freshly cut wood with smooth molasses and a warming spirit on the palate.”

RUM BARREL.

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Impenetrable black. It forms a cm of dark brown foam which quickly retreats to the rim. Scattered lace as we imbibe.

Aroma: Rich and aggressive but well polished. Strong impressions of espresso, licorice, old leather and tobacco with a flutter of sweet dark fruits and vanilla to balance. The rum comes through gently with notes of caramel and burnt brown sugar. Delightful!

Flavour: Dead set spot on! Well tempered in its delivery of rich dark malts, espresso, tobacco and molasses. The subtle creamy vanilla, toasted coconut and sweet rum flavours balance it like a beer on a barrel!

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth for its size (11.7%). Oily, warming and dense with medium-full body.

BOURBON BARREL.

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Exactly like it’s twin – dense black but with a big and well kept two finger head. Laced a lot better as well.

Aroma: Wow the difference is really significant. The bourbon barrels are much more aggressive, more pronounced and oaky. It still displays plenty of raw earth, charred malt, licorice, peppery spice, toasted coconut and vanilla with super subtle dark fruits down deep.

Flavour: It has that complex fusion of dark chocolate, espresso, bourbon barrel, charred malts, toasted coconut, molasses and subtle vanilla. There’s a bit more of a booze burn but that can be forgiven for being a bit stronger.

Mouthfeel: Slightly different to its twin – it’s bigger, prickly and warming. Creamy and full bodied.

Overall: Two extremely impressive offerings from Hawkers. It is really hard to choose which is better, they both display their respective barrels impeccably. It is so encouraging to see Aussie brewers producing world class beers like these. We knew Hawkers had serious potential but they just went up a few more notches. Kudos!

 

Modus Operandi ‘Moon Tan’ Stout

Rating:

B3E1E787-DBB3-4662-9B19-D938195EBF10Glass: Served in an English pint

Appearance: Black with a massive 2 finger cloud-like and soapy tan head that leave an enormous lace down the glass as the head settled to about a finger width. Certainly a lot of carbonation here as evident by the head, and not by the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Roasted malts, mild coffee, some soft chocolate, caramels, coconut/nuttiness, and toffee. Got a slight tang to it upon first sniff out of the can which we unsure if it’s hop or just yeast. Almost a lightness to the aroma like it’s hiding.

Flavour: Initial sip is light silky roast and then it intensifies in coffee and chocolate, with again a bit of a tang like there is a sour element to it?? We are wondering if there is a type of souring going on here mixed in with the dry roasting and nutty characteristic of the malts. There is bitterness there, with some booze heat but not overpowering at all. As we sip there is a slight medicinal element very back palate but it disappears quickly so as to not ruin it.

Mouthfeel: Silky and luscious as the can describes is right. It’s moderate in its body and carbonation is mild to moderate at best with a good swig. Alc vol here is 6.8% and hidden very well alongside malts. No IBU stated. Length trails off but elicits a sweet and sour thing which is food for thought. Feels slightly soft for a decent stout.

Overall: Not sure what to think actually. Not a bad beer though. We are trying to get around the mild sour element and understand it. With very little information on the can it leaves you wondering. The can does say “mesmerising”. Love to know the ingredients here. A mystery.

Mikkeller ‘ Beer Geek’ Oatmeal coffee stout

Rating:

5D0B3532-9E77-4A7E-BA96-6F2C937CE265Glass: English pint

Appearance: Black with a mahogany hue at the base held up to the light. A dark tan head forms roughly a finger width at best and then slowly fades leaving just a bubbly rim with lacing already evident. Plenty of carbonation seen sizzling in the glass on close inspection.

Aroma: All the features of a typical coffee stout..espresso, roasted malts, chocolate alongside liquorice, leather, molasses, vegemite yeast, some toffee, and possibly earthy hops. Hard to distinctly observe the hop due to the overall aroma as explained above. It’s very similar to the Founders Breakfast Stout.

Flavour: Initial front palate is espresso coffee, alongside bitterness from dark chocolate, roasted malt caramels, toffee, some dark fruits, raisin, booze. It’s so damn smooth though. Just glides down with a slightly oily or velvety characteristic..obviously the oatmeal showing up here. Backpalate lingers with a slightly fruity and drying element to it. Definite hop involvement here.

Mouthfeel: Mild to moderate carbonation felt around the tonsils. Slightly slick and velvety. Alc vol here of 7.5% makes it very quaffable as the booze is so welll hidden..just feels more like a tingle on the tonsils. No IBU started. Great length of coffee/hop bitterness and a drying out on the palate.

Overall: We recently returned from our USA beer trip and Mikkeller in San Diego was a highlight. We are fairly certain this was the drop that was absolutely marvellous off tap but admittedly we were legless by that time. Maybe not as good out of the bottle but very tasty indeed. Could easily have for breakfast.

Six String Brewing ‘Mint Condition’ Choc-Mint Milk Stout

Rating:

9CB599D5-267F-4D83-AA67-B091B9AE6074Glassware: English pint

Appearance: Rich dark brown bordering on black but held up to the light exhibits more of the former. Tan head that disappeared almost as quick as the pour. Discrete carbonation seen up the side of the glass.

Aroma: Reminds us of one of the after dinner mints we used to ravenously consume at our favourite childhood restaurant. Certainly an airy or milky aroma filled with chocolate, sweet dark malts that aren’t excessively roasted, obvious mint that is pleasing to the olfactory (almost spearmint?).

Flavour: Very bloody tasty! We get a creamy, lactose hit that has an oat like velvetyness. Tastes more like a light stout or even a porter. The mint leaves a slightly cooling effect on the tongue but it just blends so nicely with the milk chocolate sweetness. The can states cocoa (cacao?) but it’s not overly bitter at all. It’s an alcoholic (Alc vol 7 %) liquid after dinner mint. Booze is so well hidden it’s dangerous.

Mouthfeel: Decadent, rich, creamy, slick…use whatever adjectives you like. It’s so smooth on the palate. Unexpectedly light for a stout..again it’s almost a porter or a light stout. Slightly watery but it doesn’t detract..we are actually glad it’s like this. Carbonation is basically nil like a sessionable ale in a English pub. Lovely cooling mint freshness on the palate that cleanses. Unsure of IBU as it’s not stated.

Overall: Impressive drop. Anyone who loves mint will thoroughly enjoy this. It’s tastes almost exactly as it describes on the can which is an extra tick from us. Melt an after dinner mint and this is it. At 7 % alc vol?!?…wow. One of our favourite Six String drops.

Boatrocker Brewers 2018 ‘Ramjet’ BA Imperial Stout

Rating:

38040864_915212078662938_8261082857544351744_n“Aged in freshly emptied whisky barrels from our friends at Starward Whisky Distillery in Port Melbourne, Ramjet 2018 is a big beer with great malt complexity. Stored upright in a cool, dark place, Ramjet 2018 will reward careful cellaring of at least 5 years. Over time, the whisky will become less prominent and the barrel type more pronounced–the end result being just sublime.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: dense black with a finger of dense brown head perched on top. It retreats to the rim but leaves a superb lace clinging to the sides of the glass.

Aroma: It appears they have dropped a bit of the coffee component and really focused on the whiskey this year. It’s still rich AF though! Absolutely laden with whiskey, booze, dark chocolate, licorice, oak, leather and molasses. Starting to pick up those delicate hints of vanilla and toffee/caramel as she settles. Then add ash, charred earth and cigars – the tone for this year’s vintage perhaps?!

Flavour: Damn, they’ve got it dialed in again! Dense and rich dark malt, char, molasses and whiskey open up on to a slightly sweet and creamy vanilla accent early in the middle. Warming booze, musty oak and espresso carry forward in to a big and menacing finish full of whiskey barrel, charred malts, earthy raw fig and bitter espresso. Excellent length.

Mouthfeel: Oily, astringent and aggressive but that will certainly soften after a few years in the cellar. Medium-full body, mild Co2. 13.4% ABV? Pfftt! No it’s actually quite lethal.

Overall: This is the first time we’ve ever drunk the Ramjet so young. Obviously it’s harsh and needs aging but it’s set to be a cracker. Another brilliant vintage from Boatrocker!