Jervis Bay Brewing Co will tell you that this beer was named after the bevy of black swans that gathers at Lake Wollumboola. They’re lying; it’s clear that someone tasted this stout and thought this black bevy deserved to have a collective noun named after it. (Swans were the closest thing to hand at the time.)
A session stout that carries the lustre of a bigger beer is a thing of beauty. This one begins by being easy on the eyes, with shiny black plumage and a light brown head. Aromas smooth as the curve of a swan’s neck flow from the glass - rich, creamy mocha that gets you full in the face, inviting you in. When it spreads through the mouth, it has the smoothness of a swan gliding gracefully across the surface of the lake. The coffee and chocolate aromas give way to more savoury flavours of roast and charred wood, with perhaps a tinge of liquorice and molasses.
From colour, to aroma, to mouthfeel, this is an impressive stout for its ABV.
- 18 IBU