“On the 7th Day of Christmas, my true love sent to me….”
(Donkey looks on approvingly!)
Best Extra Stout – Coopers Brewery (South Australia)
I’ve had this one stashed for a while, having received it as a swap from my Arch-Nemesis some time ago. This may be the first bottled beer that I’ve had from Australia, a nation gaining a better reputation for some of its beers now, shedding the spectre of Fosters & Castlemaine.
Black with the faintest of blood ruby tinges when held up to the light, the light tan coloured head quickly dissipated. The aromas yielded were bitter chocolate, fresh brewed coffee and a slight sherry note – surprising in a beer of only 6.3% abv.
In the mouth, this is medium bodied and smooth with good – but certainly not excessive – carbonation and initial flavours of high cocoa chocolate and light coffee, followed by a gentle taste of forest fruit, maybe plum. This is a surprise and is lovely and smooth, less Men At Work “Down Under” more Icehouse “Street Cafe” (forgive the obscure 80s tune reference!). There is a lovely dry bitter finish – an essential in a Stout for me – and some mown grass in the aftertaste that lingers with a hint of that coffee.
Perhaps not a beer that would set the heart racing, but a cracker for the stash!
On that note….’til next time (tomorrow, of course!)