You know there's a cooler seasonal change on the horizon when some of the country's annual beer releases start showing a little more of their dark and roasty side. Case in point is the 2013 version of Anileation from the Lord Nelson Brewery in Sydney. It's a Dry Irish Stout that offers espresso and cocoa characters along with a malty, chocolate bitterness. As the name suggests, all of that rounds out to a dry finish. This isn't a big hearty stout designed for the deepest depths of winter - after all, we're still in the final weeks of summer and there are still plenty of warm evenings to be enjoyed. At 5.5 per cent, Anileation is a beer that should suit those sorts of evenings just nicely. Get in quickly though because the words 'limited release' mean the beer might be officially be gone before summer is.