Blackman's close out their Bakehouse trilogy with a bit of a blast from the past: a beer inspired by Tiramisu. If, somehow, you've never come across the Italian staple, it's a coffee-flavoured affair featuring ladyfingers, a whole lot of fluffiness and no little cocoa. So when you're welcomed by a fair hit of coffee as you crack the can you know they're on the right track.
Once you've got to the key part of the process (drinking the beer) you find a streak of filter coffee riding through the middle of your palate. There’s cola at play too, and a gateaux like dark chocolate, not to mention a a stickiness on the palate but that’s the nearest thing to overt pastriness you'll find thanks to an Italian espresso like bitterness.
I have to admit, however, the cake from Cara Mia their sales guy Luke dropped off at the same time was arguably even better. And possibly the highlight of my entire week.
- Imperial Coffee Milk Stout