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Beer – #421 – Tuatara – Black, the Mojo Espresso version

Three versions of this beer – This one the third and last one for me, the Tuatara Black Mojo Espresso – Limited Edition Unfiltered Espresso Stout

Tuatara Black Mojo Espresso – Brewed by Tuatara Brewing Company in the hard to guess at style that is a Stout and they are based in Paraparaumu, New Zealand

Delivered as a 500ml bottle that has all the tactile and familiar lumps and bumps of a Tuatara, containing in this a  6.5 %ABV beer, with 195  calories a serve, and is 2.6 standard drink units.  No listed IBU for this.

Tuatara Black Mojo EspressoMojo Coffee has been keeping Wellingtonians on high alert for almost as long as Tuatara has been chilling them out, so a collaboration seemed well overdue. Tuatara’s new BLACK series provided the perfect excuse. Introducing coffee into our toasted malt stout has given it a delicious burnt fruit tartness and gateaux texture with a building bitterness more than reminiscent of a good espresso. Dignified aging is on the cards, but in the meantime you have the perfect excuse to bracket both ends of your day with a Mojo hit.

I drank these in some order I made up in my head, Malt, chocolate, coffee. I discovered that the Malt > Chocolate and wonder what this one brings.Like the previous beer this one has no stand out aroma on opening.

And this time it’s not my pouring skills this one is more lively in the glass, the head is thinner and less fluffy but as persistent.  Looks great though, black and impenetrable but not “thick” viscous thick.

Tuatara Black MojoThe aroma in the glass doesn’t really reach to anything either, I would might have expected more coffee bitter aroma, which I was expecting, and I’ve had this in beer before, take for instance the 8 Wired C4, or their Flat White,.

Taste notes. Bitter is less than the chocolate version, and there is a slightly drier finish in this. I hate to bang on about coffee beer that I had before but I have to point out at least 3 that I had that have coffee in spades, two from 8 Wired – C4 and Flat White, and the Epic Coffee and Fig, for instance that leave no doubt what you are getting.

It’s not like you get anything coffee related in this, sometimes you expect the burnt coffee tang, or that sour/bitter cold drip smoothness. Perhaps I missed a trick with this and had my hopes set too high, but then I had the Toasted Malt version and nearly fair fell off my chair in enjoyment and dialled my hoped up accordingly.

Where does that leave it then? This is like the others a decent beer that I’ve enjoyed. If I had to rate them Malt > Coffee > Chocolate although it’s close for last place. I wanted thick and viscous and I wanted a banging amount of coffee. I wanted to be awake all night.

Summary : Lacks Mojo.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 a of its things from the thing.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? Not so much as I wanted to
  2. Would I have another? I might have the Malt version if it was offered first
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I don’t thing I could to be honest, there is a lot lacking in this.

I’m listening to the band – The National – they’re  an American indie rock band formed in Cincinnati, Ohio.  One of the many songs that I like is this one “Graceless” from the album “Trouble Will Find Me”

I have to admit to being a bit of a fan, and so clearly I have to ask you to listen without prejudice.


Many stouts do not fit the classic “Irish” definition as exemplified by Guinness, either due to their hop or roast rates, or higher gravity (in the case of many American stouts). They are still basic stouts, however, not falling into any of the subclasses

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