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.
Published February 21, 2013 2013-02-21 00:00:00