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Resin ‘Flame Tree’ Amber Ale


Glassware: American pint.

Appearance: Kinda muddy rusted amber with a rapidly vanishing head. Looks like there could be Co2 issues here. We sincerely hope not.

Aroma: Smells like it has life so that’s a good sign. Lovely wafts of sweet malts encapsulating toffee, caramel and nutty grains. Fleeting hints of Asian herbs like lemongrass and coriander, a touch of peppercorn, fleshy stonefruit like paw paw and rock melon, apricot, kumquat and marmalade are all tied up in a neat little package. Quite a nice aroma in the end.

Flavour: Ok the Co2 worries we had at the beginning are all but gone…it just simply didn’t retain its head. It opens with a fruity kick and a solid support from semi sweet toffee and caramelised malts. Subtle jabs of citrus, peppery spice and herbs are thrown the whole way through until it punctuates on a dry yet malty sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: A little sticky, gelatinous and well rounded. There’s a nice line of hop bitterness, a slightly flat-ish Co2 and the 6% ABV is well behaved.

Overall: That’s 3/3 for this respectable, new-ish brewery. We wouldn’t go as far as saying this is an American style Amber Ale but there’s definitely a lifted hop presence and a higher ABV to boot. We likey!

Counter Culture ‘Holy Grain’ Honey Toasted Hazy IPA


Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Bright golden complexion with little haze. It forms two fingers of fluffy and well retained head which goes the distance. A nice smattering of lace decorates the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: For a rather light aroma there’s surprisingly good depth. It kicks off with a hint of hop oil and pine needle then it’s quickly chased by a mix of stonefruit and passionfruit, dried coconut, creamy oats, vanilla, wholemeal toast and semi sweet honey. Buried a little deeper are the hallmark hazy characters i.e frosty fruits, brekky juice/concentrate, paw paw, papaya etc. We haven’t been digging Sabro lately but we dig it here.

Flavour: Sweet and creamy upfront with the Sabro front and center. Coconut, vanilla, oat cream, sweet orange citrus and stonefruit. Toasted grains and subtle honey sweetness add an interesting, albeit subtle, element. Even more so when it meets the juicy and citrusy notes late in the piece. She really dries out in the finish and carries piney, citrusy and creamy notes for days.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy, creamy and aerated. Quite light on actually. Mild-medium body. 6.2% ABV is well positioned.

Overall: We can say with certainty that this new release blows Earl Of Swirl out of the water. It’s fun and well structured. Good beer.

Marston’s ‘EPA’ English Pale Session Pale Ale


“EPA stands for English Pale Ale. And the stilt walker is actually an original hop picker. In this case Cascade and Styrian hops. They give it the subtle citrus flavours and delicate bitter aftertaste. An easy drinking, refreshing, light, blonde ale. Appeals to ale and lager drinkers. And the occasional stilt walker.”

Glassware: English pint.

Appearance: Pours a lovely golden amber with a thumb of fizzy white head atop. It slowly recedes and works a wavy lace down the glass.

Aroma: Picking up a well balanced fusion of sweet caramelised malts, floral and citrusy hops and that classic earthy/woody note we get from British ale yeast. There is a nice crisp freshness to it too (even though the beer itself is a tick over 7 months old). Peppery grains, orange zest, blossom and a subtle musky-ness to boot. Not half bad.

Flavour: Again, there isn’t really one dominating feature, just a mellow fusion of zesty citrus, toasty and grainy cereal malts, light florals, a hint of candy/musk and a dry woody note in the background. It provides a fairly clean and dry finish with delicate piney notes on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and dry. Mild body with a vibrant carbonation. Only 3.6% ABV so it really is a stayer.

Overall: Look it’s not a terribly exciting beer but it does the job. It’s got good depth of flavour and aroma with only a small ABV. A pleasant drop.

Black Sheep ‘Riggwelter’ English Strong Ale


“Riggwelter takes its name from a local Yorkshire Dales farming term which has Nordic roots; “rygg” meaning back, and “velte” meaning to overturn. A sheep is said to be rigged or ‘riggwelted’ when it has rolled onto its back and is unable to get back up without assistance. What better name for a strong beer from the Black Sheep Brewery in Yorkshire, eh?!”

Glassware: English Pint.

Appearance: Gorgeous deep crimson pour with two fingers of finely beaded foam resting atop. Excellent retention and healthy lace clinging to the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: We already love it as we can smell it as it sits idle on the table. Below the nostrils it offers an intense array of sweet malts and floral and fruity hops. Oodles of caramel, toffee, dark fruits like raisin, dates and plum, light florals, variants of orange citrus like blossom, marmalade and flambèed. Getting this scent of burnt butter and mushrooms? Kinda nice though.

Flavour: She’s actually richer and more complex on the palate. It almost reaches Dark Ale level with its heavy caramel, toffee and lightly roasted malts. Still plenty of dark fruit sweetness but the burnt toast, coffee and cocoa through the mid adds another dimension to this already brilliant beer. Then throw this almost funky English yeast in the mix and we have one smashing beer.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and gelatinous yet still quite crisp and perfectly balanced. Medium body, flat-ish Co2. 5.7% ABV is nicely disguised.

Overall: We’re absolutely loving our English ales lately. They’re such an underappreciated style and when they’re done this well you just have to appreciate it. Superb.

Garage Project ‘Excessive Machine’ Triple Hazy IPA


“Take a trip to the outer limits. Excessive Machine, a huge hazy orgy of excess, where too much is barely enough. Brewed with unreasonable quantities of malt, jacked up on brewer’s sugar, then triple dry hopped with exorbitant amounts of Mosaic, Simcoe and Strata creating opulent layers of juicy tropical fruit, pineapple and passionfruit laced with dank resinous notes. Nothing succeeds like excess.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Hazy pastel orange with pastel yellow highlights. Nice thick haze going on. Two fingers of well retained head creates a fine lace down the glass.

Aroma: Oh wowsers it’s like a big boozy fruit salad.. the fruit profile coming off it is intense! Tonnes of pine resin and weedy herbals, dried coconut, peppery spice, juice concentrate, frosty fruits, mixed berries and one last thing we can’t quite our finger on. It’s best described as dank!! Just all sorts of danky goodness.

Flavour: Like a mirror image of the aroma: ripe and fleshy stone fruit, citrus, pineapple, guava, passionfruit, dank weedy herbals and pine. Some malt sweetness showing up too…really magnifies the sweet tropical fruits and subtle candy notes. The fruit salad character surges in to the slightly dry and pithy finish and hangs around for days!

Mouthfeel: Dense, smooth, chewy and luxurious. Medium-full body, mild-moderate CO2. The 10.2% ABV provides a bit of warmth but it’s generally well behaved for its size.

Overall: That’s a big (and we mean big!) statement from GP. Our only criticism would be that it borders on a cloying sweetness but in summary it’s a dangerously drinkable beast that’s sure to put hairs on your chest.

Resin ‘Refraction’ NEPA


No Commercial Description.

Glassware: Shaker.

Appearance: Sandy golden yellow with a thumb of loosely packed head on top. It holds up surprisingly well and works a patchy lace was we go.

Aroma: Chock-full of tangy citrus, stonefruit, passion fruit, peach skins, mild juice concentrate, oats and a doughy/breast malt at the base. Something a little weedy and resinous (pun intended!) In here too. Mango and rock melon certainly intensifies as it warms. Pretty solid stuff.

Flavour: She’s unbelievably smooth that’s for sure. Mixed orange citrus, passion fruit and subtle brekky juice characters upfront. A flutter of weedy herbs and resin coming through. Those dry and bready oats act as a backdrop and an excellent counter balance for the fruity hops to drive in to the lengthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Ultra smooth, creamy, very finely carbonated. Mild-medium body. The 5% ABV is nicely positioned in the beer.

Overall: Another extremely tidy offering from Resin. Not a great deal of contrast between this and Olfaction but take nothing away from this (or Olfaction) they’re both really good beers.

Cervecera Peninsula ‘Bloo Pie’ Blueberry Pie Sour


Glassware: Teku.

Appearance: It has that beautiful maroon hue like every blueberry-infused beer should. The head swells to two fingers before it quickly retreats. Scarce lacing as we go.

Aroma: There’s a lot to unpack here. Right off the bat we get a clear scent of buttered popcorn. Then the blueberries come in to play…at first offering strong notes of blueberry yoghurt and then compote. The intensity of the crumbly and buttery pastry is nuts! It’s also crammed full of butterscotch, whipped cream and vanilla/lactose. Oopht! That’s freakin amazing!

Flavour: And it certainly doesn’t take a backward step. It comes on with a punchy yet short cameo of sourness with sweet and sour notes of blueberry yoghurt, vanilla, buttery popcorn, oats and spicy wheat grains. Mixed berry sherbet comes to the party late then punctuates with vanilla ice cream, yoghurt and buttery pastry.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, fatty, oily. Medium body, mild-moderate Co2. 8% ABV is ridiculously well hidden. Pucker rating sits at a doable 2.5/5.

Overall: Wow what a beer! We definitely weren’t expecting this level of complexity and sheer intensity. Gotta hand it to this Spanish brewery…this is an impressive drop.

BrewHeart ‘Haze Jones’ DDH IPA


“This one is for all slaves to the hops. Loaded with insane amounts of HBC-692 (Talus?), Citra and Mosaic. Crack one open and listen to Grace Jones.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Light golden amber with a faint haze. It forms a humongous four finger head which takes an eternity to reduce. Once it does it leaves a smattering of lace on the glass.

Aroma: Interesting to say the least. We keep picking up a subtle hint of smoky bacon but it fades away as it settles. Bizarre. That’s not before the initial wafts of soft tropical fruits, weedy herbals, candied lemon, ginger, citronella and yellow grapefruit. Hardly a hint of malt in sight! Maybe a flutter of wheat grains/hay but that’s it.

Flavour: It’s mostly centred around this slightly artificial candied lemon character which gets a little cloying we must admit. It’s flanked by yellow grapefruit, sticky pine resin and weed/herbals. A touch of wheat grains coming through before an oily finish with herbals and warming booze in the tail.

Mouthfeel: A little sharp and prickly, oily, mild-medium body. Spritzy Co2. The 8.2% ABV shows a little but it’s fairly well behaved.

Overall: Not liking this emphasis on the candied lemon quality, it gets a bit much by the end. It’s also a little unbalanced and puckering as well. This was our first crack at this German brewery and it’s most likely our last.

5 Barrel ‘Freefall’ Pale Ale


“Our Pale Ale is an Australian twist on a classic American style. This beer typifies the type of session beer we love to drink at Five Barrels. It is light and easy drinking with a good smack of hop flavours and aromas, chased by a light biscuity body. We think that a good Pale Ale has to strike the right balance between the malt and the hops; it can’t be too sweet, but it can’t be too bitter either. It’s all about balance, and we think ours is pretty bloody good.”

Glassware: Shaker.

Appearance: Mildly hazy light amber with a finger of white foam perched on top. The head gradually peels off but it’s able to weave a fine lace down the glass.

Aroma: Nicely balanced. There’s a good fruit profile alongside hints of herbals, resin, pine needles and fruit sugars/candy. The malt structure is fairly heady…certainly some caramel sweetness but also quite biscuity with a flutter of honey also coming through. It’s not going to win any prizes but it does the job.

Flavour: Once again the balance is key here. The semi sweet and kinda biscuity malts really take the edge off that classic hop bitterness. Mostly citrus and stone fruit with a pinch of herbals and pine carry through mid and land on a slightly dry and pithy finish which endures.

Mouthfeel: Keeping with the tradition of the beer it’s well rounded with a vibrant CO2. Medium body. 4.9% ABV.

Overall: Some might see this Pale Ale as being a little insipid but we can appreciate the pin point balance that’s struck here. If we were looking for a full flavoured yet light and sessional beer this would be one we’re reaching for. Solid drop.

5 Barrel ‘Night Cap’ Milk Stout


“Milk Stouts contain the non-fermentable lactose sugar to add a velvety smooth body to a rich roasty beer. These are the original dessert beers, and are a perfect way to cap off a meal or just enjoy whenever you please. Enjoy a little warmer and observe how the flavours develop.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Black with a short cappuccino head which quickly retreats to the rim. Minimal lace as we imbibe.

Aroma: Classic notes of coffee, chocolate, porter-esque dark fruits, vanilla/lactose, cocoa, lightly toasted malts and toffee. Caramel and candy-ish scents also coming through…not going to go as far as saying they’re candi sugars but it certainly has a crystallised sugary sweetness which works in well. A little nutty and a little earthy as well. Diggin it.

Flavour: Very nicely layered with good progression. It kicks off with the classic four-to-the-floor stout characters; coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and a hint of creamy vanilla and or lactose. Hits a lightly charred note through the mid and carries the aforementioned, along with added licorice and ash, in to a dry and nicely drawn out finish.

Mouthfeel: A tad too light on for our liking. Medium body, mild-moderate carbonation. 6% ABV is well placed for the style.

Overall: A pretty decent drop. The one thing we usually find with Aussie milk stouts is this weak and almost watery texture. For us, any stout whether it be imperial, BA, milk or even session it needs to have a dense and almost chewy body. Still, not a bad offering.

Resin ‘Olfaction’ NEIPA


“Hazy,Juicy NEIPA. Nothing, but malt, water, yeast and hops!!”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Hazy sandy golden pour with a thumb of loosely packed foam atop. The head gradually peels off and forms a halo with patchy lace as we go.

Aroma: It’s certainly not short of the brekky juicy character but what we’re loving the most is the dry and kinda spicy oats which give it this almost chalky quality. Delicate hints of frosty fruits, mixed berries, unripened pineapple, rockmelon and guava. The fruit salad is really emphasised as it settles. Liking the subtle touch of vanilla and or lactose too. Really solid nose.

Flavour: Good transition. It opens with a nice dose of brekky juice with that oaty/chalky dryness on the flank. Slightly dank resin and pine, herbals, fleshy stone fruit, mixed citrus, vanilla and frosty fruits also getting a good look in. Really dries out late in the piece and finishes chalky and spicy with good length.

Mouthfeel: Dry, chalky, a little creamy. Mild-moderate body. Finely carbonated. 6% ABV is nicely positioned.

Overall: A pretty damn fine NEIPA for this relatively new brewery. Somewhat of a local for one of us hopheads! Solid way to kick off proceedings… we’ll be very keen to try the rest of the range.

Moo Brew IPA


“We said we’d never make an IPA, because Moo Brew (and Moorilla) owner David Walsh isn’t into IPAs. Then we made a Limited Release IPA and made Walshie drink it. He did not fire us. Plus it won a bunch of stuff. So here we are—adding an IPA to our core range. And it’s a lightning-strike tempting 6.66% alc/vol. Praise be.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Moderately hazy light amber complexion with a sturdy two finger crown. Excellent head retention and healthy lace clinging to the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: Pretty basic to be honest. Picking up slightly artificial fruits initially i.e boiled candy, syrupy stonefruits and canned peach and pear. Hints of pine and tropical fruit like mango and pineapple with a touch of orange citrus sweetness. Quite a mellow malt bill…semi sweet and grainy and it sits far enough out of the way to let the hops shine. Not bad.

Flavour: Yeah, again it really isn’t doing anything too out of the ordinary. The hop profile is throwing out similar traits to the nose – candied fruits, canned peach and pear, ripe stonefruits and pineapple. There’s a slightly more pronounced citrus character though. Grainy and kinda toasty malts are a bit apprehensive. Nice and dry finish with a lively bitterness in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Fairly sweet and well rounded, becoming dry and bitter in the swallow. Medium body and Co2. 6.66% ABV offers a bit of oomph.

Overall: Not totally convinced. It’s a little too safe for us, but then again all of Moo Brew’s beers are very conventional so they’re sticking to their guns. Gotta give them credit there.

Russian River ‘Beatification’ Wine BA Sour


“This beer is very unique and inspired by breweries in the Lambic region of Belgium and, especially, our friends at Cantillon. It is 100% spontaneously fermented, meaning yeast is not added. Once the beer is brewed, it is transferred to a cool-ship or “horny” tank located in our barrel room at the pub. There it sits overnight and collects whatever funky wild yeast and bacteria may be living in the room. The next day it is transferred to oak wine barrels where it ferments wildly and ages for a few months. The end result is a wild, spontaneously fermented, sour, and tasty hand-crafted beer!”

Glassware: Teku.

Appearance: Light golden yellow with a wispy white head which quickly retreats to the rim. Minimal lace as we go.

Aroma: Phenomenal. Our biggest concern is which scent to start with! The beautiful fusion of sour apple, pear, candied lemon and white grapes is just superb. A hint of unripened white peach coming through too. Funktastic notes of freshly drained wine barrels, musty-ness, farmyard grains, wet hay/straw, mild peppery spice and manky cheese cave. Absolutely brilliant.

Flavour: Quite dry and musty, chock-full of acetic citrus (lemon, grapefruit, rind), dry white wine, damp oak and grassy/wet hay. We’re even picking up a flutter of clean and herbal pine. Very mild touch of white wine vinegar, earthy spice and wheat grains roll in to a dry, oaky, piney and citric finish which really goes the distance.

Mouthfeel: Certainly a dry texture to it. Crisp, mild-moderate body and Co2. Fairly acidic…the pucker rating gets a 3/5. 6% ABV is well behaved.

Overall: Look, it’s a bloody ripper of a sour but we can’t see why the hype around it. Consecration and Damnation just to name a couple would have to outrank it in our opinion. Still a very good “Sonambic” as it’s cleverly named. Solid.

5 Barrel ‘Little Nipper’ Hazy IPA


No Commercial Description.

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Hazy light amber with a faint orange tint. It forms a thumb of off white head which holds its shape fairly well. Nice wavy lace clings to the glass as we imbibe.

Aroma: Wow the tropical fruits really lift out of the glass. That’s gotta be Mosaic hops…the sweet tropical nature of it is offering oodles of mango, pineapple, orange, peach, melon, paw paw and guava. Quite resinous and piney too. Definitely picking up the dry and kinda creamy oats and almost tart wheat grains as well. Very promising!

Flavour: Very similar to the nose – it kicks off with an encapsulating mix of tropical fruits; mango, peach, passion fruit, orange/rind, pineapple and mixed stone fruits. Loving the light and creamy addition of oats…we can almost taste the proteins and starch they provide. Quite dry and pithy through the mid, leading in to a mildly bitter finish with acetic rind and pine on the outer.

Mouthfeel: Nice and full yet it still has a creamy and aerated texture to it. Finely carbonated. Only 5.8% ABV but we dig it…not too big but not too little either.

Overall: Another decent beer from Five Barrel. From memory we’ve never had a bad beer from Phil & Co. We’ll call him Mr Consistency! That’s a fine offering.

Dollar Bill BA Honey Mesquite Sour


Glassware: Teku.

Appearance: Relatively clear golden amber pour with a quickly vanishing head. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass as we imbibe.

Aroma: Yes, yes, yes! Straight up Lambic! Got that manky cheese cave and dirty sweaty sock scent to it (we’re aware that doesn’t sound appealing but for some weird reason it is with this style!). Mild white vinegar, lemon and sherbet also here in spades. A touch of herbals and a distinct honey sweetness which really pulls everything together. Not getting a great deal of the Mesquite though.

Flavour: There it is! We weren’t getting it on the nose but we’re picking it up instantly here…that natural smoky-ness from the Mesquite is really prominent, it almost tastes like a good Islay whiskey! The champagne-like lemon and musty-ness cuts through it nicely. It hits a subtle spicy note late in the piece then finishes with a certain sweet smoky-ness which is really hard to put in to words. Brilliant.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and bubbly. The Co2 is definitely lifted here. Mild-medium body. 7.4% ABV…fairly well behaved.

Overall: A very interesting set of flavours but they come together surprisingly well. All of it packed neatly on to a beautiful Lambic base. DB do it again!!

Moo Brew Hazy Pale Ale


“Strong chance of a Hazy summer: crammed full of Motueka and Citra, our new limited release brew—brewed specially for the Tassie summer—exudes fresh tropical fruit and citrus aromas, backed up by subtle pine notes. It’s super juicy and easy to put down. And just like a Tassie summer, it won’t last long. Take a slab to the shack and settle in for a summer fling with our easy-drinking Hazy Pale Ale. You deserve it. Never forget that.”

Glassware: Shaker.

Appearance: Light golden amber with a very mild haze. It forms a sturdy thumb of white head which works a patchy lace down the walls of the glass.

Aroma: Really clean and citrusy, lots of fresh pine needles, green fruits like apple, pear, kiwifruit and honeydew, a hint of lime, grapefruit/rind, nectarine and soft herbals. Held nicely together by a light and semi sweet honey malt profile. Nice aroma. Not much hazy-ness about it but it’s still decent.

Flavour: Like the aroma – clean, crisp and citrusy with a solid backing of pine and various fruits i.e grapefruit, lemon/lime, pear, honeydew and white grapes. Something kinda earthy and herbaceous as it surges in to a dry, piney and citrusy finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, light on. Co2 is spot on. 5.5% ABV gives it a little kick but it’s also very well contained.

Overall: We’re confused as to why they called this a “hazy pale”?! There’s minimal haze, minimal juicy-ness and smoothness…it comes off more like an old-school west coast style pale ale if anything. Solid offering but!

50/50 Brewing ‘Donner Party’ Porter


“Sustenance to get you through those long, cold winters, the Donner Party Porter is another of FiftyFifty’s flagship beers. Reminiscent of dark chocolate, espresso, and dark dried fruits with a long complex finish, this beer is good for one of those nights where you’ve dug yourself into a snow bank because the ski trip didn’t go quite as planned.”

Glassware: American Pint.

Appearance: Super dark cola pour with a thin tan head on top. It quickly retreats to the rim and struggles to produce much lacing.

Aroma: Roasty and slightly metallic with a good helping of cocoa, molasses, bakers chocolate, toffee, burnt toast and subtle dark fruit sweetness i.e blood plum, fig and dates. Also picking up a touch of toasted coconut, camp fire, espresso and earthy, herbal and mildly floral hops. Could be wrong but we’re also getting a flutter of estery yeast too. Solid!

Flavour: Right on the money. Stripped back, traditional Porter notes on display with its delicious roast, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and dark fruits. Again, picking up the slightly herbal and floral hop profile. Gets real roasty and charred as it surges in to a bittersweet finish full of chocolate, cocoa and molasses.

Mouthfeel: Excellent weight…full-ish and nicely sustained Co2, bitterness, ABV, all of it.. dead set spot on.

Overall: A bloody ripper of a Porter from this highly distinguished brewery. Traditional in a sense but so nicely crafted at the same time. Two thumbs up from us.

Humble Sea ‘This Is Foggin Unreal’ DDH IPA


“DDH Foggy IPA with simcoe, galaxy, and el dorado.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Hazy, light sandy yellow kind of affair with a fluffy two finger head. It slowly breaks up and leaves a wavy lace down the glass.

Aroma: Lots of stone fruit and fleshy tropical fruits hitting the olfactory’s first. Passion fruit, pear, orange citrus and pine offering good support. Just a subtle hint of concentrated juice but it has that touch of pepper to it which we love. This beautiful nectar-like scent opens up as it settles too. Nice and dry doughy malt structure to boot. Diggin it!

Flavour: Smooth as silk. Follows on from the nose with the lifted stone fruit and tropicals then a delicious nectar-filled hit of passion fruit comes through. Hints of pear, grapefruit and pine then lead to a rather pithy finish with soft earthy and herbal notes on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, well rounded. Finely carbonated. Medium body. 6.8% ABV is spot on.

Overall: This really is foggin unreal. Super smooth, sessional, perfectly balanced. A pleasure to drink really. Impressive.

Garage Project ‘Chateau Aro – Solera’ BA Pinot Noir Dark Ale


“Château Aro, a dark rubescent ale, conditioned on freshly crushed pinot noir juice and skins, then aged in French oak barrels – all from award winning Escarpment Winery. This very special ‘solera’ release blends together 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 vintages, creating a beer of near unparalleled complexity and depth.”

Glassware: Teku.

Appearance: Interesting colour. Kinda like a mash between a muddy dark red and light brown. What little head forms disappears instantly…and no head = no lacing!

Aroma: Quite dank and musty. Like it has been locked in a dark cellar and hasn’t seen the light of day for years. Loving the subtle tannins from the Pinot Noir juice…comes off rather dry with peppery and earthy spice, raisin, cherry, rose petals and raspberry. A bit of a sharp sting in the nostrils too…then again it does tip the scales at a whopping 11.9% ABV.

Flavour: She’s complex indeed! On the dry side of course but it still displays a lot of ripe fruit sweetness, lees, tart berries and earthy spice. Plenty of warmth – that booze really doesn’t shy away one bit. A fair bitterness to it as well. Finishes dry, earthy and peppery with hints of red berries on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Very dry, prickly, a little astringent at times. Medium body, light-moderate Co2. 11.9% ABV…oopht.

Overall: Has nothing on the ’16 vintage. This one is a blend of multiple vintages and in our opinion it comes off a bit flinty and unrefined. Very complex and we have to give credit there. Not really to our taste though.

The Bruery ‘Nana’s Famous Pain Perdu’ Spiced Imperial Stout


“You’re awakened from your slumber by the sweet aromatics radiating from Nana’s kitchen. Your nose guides you to a decadently sticky plate of Pain Perdu just waiting to be consumed. This breakfast-inspired imperial stout serves up bold, roasty flavors, laced with maple syrup and graham cracker with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.”

Glassware: Tulip.

Appearance: Solid black with a thumb of brown head perched on top. It gradually forms a thin film and provides a healthy lace as we go.

Aroma: Smack my ass and call me Judy! This is next level. The overall balance has to be commended here. The intensity of the cinnamon and maple would almost be too much if not for the biscuity elements and hearty impy stout base which consists of dark chocolate, coffee, sweet dark fruits and cocoa. There are still so many more subtle aromas here but we don’t want to turn this in to an essay!

Flavour: And it all transfers on to the palate too. Mammoth amounts of spice and maple sweetness all wrapped up in a neat and lightly charred roasted malt base. The Graham Crackers are subtle but offer that biscuity wheatmeal-like savoury edge which balances it all out. Chocolate/cocoa, coffee and campfire to finish.

Mouthfeel: Dense and super chewy. The viscosity is amazing…full body, low Co2. 9.7% ABV showing a little but that’s expected considering its weight.

Overall: The Bruery would have to be one of the best in the world when it comes to pastry and dessert stouts. This is simply world class stuff. Love it!