Cheeky Monkey Silverback 2021

Imperial Stout

Cheeky Monkey’s famed Russian imperial stout has made a big return in 2021, both metaphorically and physically, landing in OG spec 750ml bombers to much fanfare. The South West brewers clearly decided bigger is better and that Silverback was worthy of a more prodigal aesthetic moving forward, with the new look capped off (pun intended) with crisp, white wax seals.

The AIBA gold medal-winning 2021 vintage has received some adjustments within the bottle too, with minor brewhouse tweaks to the grist yielding a smoother and more balanced Silverback. Though it’s drinking great now, it’s likely even better with a little time.

The pitch black Silverback pours entirely opaque with a dense, light brown head that leads into an abundance of toffee, dates, coffee and sweet malt on the nose. A dip into the glass exhibits a rich, velvety malt profile showcasing bitter chocolate, sweet (though teetering on burnt) caramel, vanilla and espresso. A modest bitterness hangs throughout but is perfectly placed, balancing rich sweetness and thick, velvety texture that lasts into a long, luscious finish.

Silverback 2021 is, like all previous reiterations, a beast of a beer. It simultaneously lives up to the expectations attached to it, while surpassing past versions in quality, style and drinkability. Keep an eye out for potential future variations of this year’s drop…

Jono Outred

Published August 4, 2021

Cheeky Monkey

4259 Caves Road
Margaret River
WA 6285

Brewery: (08) 9755 9555; Rest: (08) 9755 5555
Open Hours

Caves Road venue:
Sun to Thurs: 11am to 5pm
Fri & Sat: 11am to 6pm
Vasse Tap House:
Thurs & Fri: 4pm to 7pm
Saturday: 2pm to 7pm
Sunday: 2pm to 6pm

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