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.
Produced especially for 2012’s Beervana ‘Festive Brew’ category, this new one-off stout was brewed with a liberal amount of hand-grated orange zest and the very finest Ghanaian cacao nibs sourced from the local Whittaker’s chocolate factory in Porirua. The result is a smooth, dark chocolate stout featuring balanced citrus notes.
“Rigger from the brewery, pour was under carbonated, so rating based on that. Pours espresso black, no head. Big coffee on the nose, chocolate, orange and some molasses sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth with a capital ooh, with a decent amount of body. Taste and finish meld into one here, with a lovely orangey sweetness and only a touch of bitterness, though its ever so slightly astringent in its long finish. Huge drinkability here, very nice.”
Source: Ratebeer.com (jimthechap)