Collaboration number three to emerge from the 2019 version of Good Beer Wheaty saw Deschutes and Lervig step into The Wheaty’s brewery to brew up a monster. The end result is an 8.6 percent ABV choc raspberry milk stout that conjures nostalgic childhood memories of raspberry lollies, with the conjuring in the brewhouse taking the form of a phone book's worth of malts and oats, which created a bed upon which bucket loads of fresh raspberries could be scattered.
Sampled from The Wheaty's hand pump, Da Big Lerv pours jet black and opaque, with a foamy, creamy and light brown head. Vibrant raspberry jube like aromas bounce from the glass, with chocolate becoming more apparent to taste, albeit only enjoying a brief moment centre stage before the berries return hard on the back palate. There is a slight tartness on one side, a thick mouthfeel on the other, with the lasting impression of Da Big Lerv being a glass of raspberry lollies dipped in dark chocolate.