The jewel in the Clare Valley core range crown is the beer formerly known as King Kong. It was an appropriate name for the beer; at just 6.0 percent ABV, there are far bigger stouts out there but this one always punches above its weight – body and character wise. Indeed, in a state that's not short on good stouts (a legacy, perhaps, of having Coopers and Southwark Old Stout around for many moons), this is up there with SA's best.
It pours with a full body that's both viscous and smooth, yet has a hint of cleansing roasted barley acidity. There are sweeter, dark chocolate and caramel elements in there plus mocha and a welcome pinch of tobacco. The roasted malts combine with classic English hops for a bitterness that helps cut through the richness elsewhere.
- Extra Stout
- 20 IBU