As the name suggests, the beer is dark. So dark it easily absorbs the seedy, red light that falls menacingly over Milton from the suburb’s giant, illuminated Xs. Light-absorbing qualities aside, the beer is a classic. It took out a Gold Medal at the 2020 Indies and it’s not hard to see why.
Again, like so many of Common Ground’s beers the focus is on drinkability and this stout certainly fits that bill and should be considered an all-year-round beer even in the fetid depths of Brisbane’s summer.
The beer strikes a balance between bitterness and body while being dry and eminently drinkable. There’s abundant coffee and chocolate notes on the nose and in the body too with plenty of roasted malt in the mix.