For those of you who don’t know Aro there is a light side and a dark side to the valley. For those of us on the dark side of the street it’s been a long dark winter. But salvation is nigh. The coming of Spring has brought the first teasing hints that the sun might come again to the Garage.
I think there’s a perverse pleasure in celebrating the arrival of Spring with a really nice inky black stout.
When it comes to beer, there’s black and then there’s black. Last week’s Salt & Pepper Porter was black, but this week’s beer is BLACK. This beer absorbs light like a black hole in a glass. Three different ‘black’malts are combined with crystal and pale to make up the malt grist of this stout. This rich roast malt body is balanced with a pretty hefty hop bill of US Cascade and Centennial hops, American friends we may not be seeing for a while given the current US hop crisis.
At 7.8% it has a nice weight to it as well. Lots of reasons to come over to the dark side.