They say you drink with your eyes first.
If that’s true, then that first look is a tasty one – gold lettering on black brings a classy touch, and right from the pour the sepia-toned foam has you licking your lips.
But, of course, it would be disappointing if it ended there. Malty aromas of coffee liqueur give way to an oily espresso character in the mouth, flanked by roast, dark chocolate, and a touch of prune. There’s a full body to this liquid that lasts from the moment it touches the tongue to the very last sip, which is surprising when you realise it’s only a 4.5 percent beer. Thanks to the work of the roasted malts, the Slovenian hops, the cacao paste and the oats, this stout will never be accused of being thin or lacking depth of flavour.
Drink with your eyes first. Then move onto your nose and mouth.
Sydney Royal Beer Awards 2019 – Gold