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Beer – #522 – Eruption – Dark Lava Stout

Another Stout, another new brewer to me, Eruption Brewing and their Dark Lava Stout.

A boldly brewed New World Stout

Stout Beer, Stout music, big numbers and stout mates.

Simple 500ml bottle that is 5.3% ABV, and at 57 IBU, making it 150 calories a serve, and this bottle is 2.09 standard drink units.

Brewed by Eruption Brewing Ltd. in the style that is a  Stout  and they are in the exotic sounding Wainoni, Christchurch, New Zealand

Snazzy haircut, sun tan and a Stout

Snazzy haircut, sun tan and a Stout

A boldly brewed New World Stout with unmistakable Kiwi hop undertones…

We have used four premium NZ pure malts: Ale, Chocolate, Toffee & Crystal mashed with NZ Roasted Barley & Oats to give the deep, dark, rich flavour and a jet-black lava hue in the glass.

Aotearoa Cascade Hops add a final dark twist…… volcanitastic

What could go wrong?

I thought that was a very bitter aroma, akin to a Belgium style or Saison. Unless it’s really bitter chocolate.

Dark Lava StoutPour is great and a mocha head of cloud like fluffiness but much firmer, of course it’s really dark. Aroma still has a happiness around and about it. Quite hard to actually pin down.

Quite bitter, and has a thin mouthfeel that ends in a sour bitterness and slightly to dry more than not.

Decent and without a lot of pomp and circumstance going on.

Very unassuming and without a lot of depth and chewiness, I still think this is hop bitter heavy, but the drinking is really pleasant and pleasing, bitter enough without being tart, and sweet enough without it being over-burdened. Essentially this drinks really well for a beer that appears to have been made to an old-school recipe.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 a of its things from the thing. It’s a decent beer, and it harks back to simpler drinking without a lot of drama. The bitterness is nice, it drinks very light, and the finish is nearly great, but a little to sour for me. Overall though enjoying it and enjoyed it.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? Yes because it’s unchallenging and easy.
  2. Would I have another? It’s hard to say yes because similar priced beers might give better flavour bang for buck, and it is premium beer priced.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I might if we were having a “Throwback Thursday” or something, I don’t know that the level of hops that I thought this has would convince anyone that it’s a stout though.

Listening on loud to  “London Grammar”  a British electropop trio. Lovely melody and singing. This is from the album “If you wait” and it’s called “Hey Now”

Really easy listening and enjoyable against the backdrop of the summer evening and the early evening sun. Find them all the good places.


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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