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Beer – #674 – Boundary Road – Arabica Dabra Coffee Oatmeal Stout *redux*

Fathers day came around and I got me one of these , which made me smile as last time I thought it was properly good. So, Going again, Giving it all, giving it a mark, and party giving.

Arabica is one of the most popular types of coffee 

This bottle contains beer that is 6.5% ABV, 500ml in volume, making it 195 calories, and 2.3 standard drink units in NZ, oh and it has 30 IBU things.

Brewed by Independent Breweries NZ (Boundary Road) this one in the style of a  Stout and they are based in Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand.

Looking Stout

Looking Stout

Arabica is one of the most popular types of coffee. Not only does it have a delicious, invigorating taste, but it also helps you avoid boring things, like sleeping.

We like it so much we’ve added it as an ingredient to make a dark, rich coffee oatmeal stout that’s perfect for your next beer break.

We’ve called it Arabica Dabra. Sadly, rubbing it won’t result in a genie, but you will get a slightly shinier bottle

So, what could possibly go wrong? Apart from it not being what a purist might consider to be a craft beer, however I’m all about the beer you can get in the shops or be given a a gift, and I did enjoy the first time. On the back of a few stouts recently though it might be a task.

Burst of coffee aroma, dry like grounds, then a rich burst of chocolate and sweetness. It is pretty good.

Pour is dark black like a good stout, and it looks lovely in the glass, except that it only has a wafer thin head that I couldn’t get to be any bigger.

Boundary Road – Arabica DabraAroma is like cold coffee.

Slightly burnt bitterness in taste, but there is a lovely background of coffee and warmth and the finish has a final flick of bitter before leaving you with quite a nice lingering taste.

This is very very acceptable Coffee Oatmeal Stout, it really doesn’t have a lot wrong with it in taste, mouthfeel or balance, and I find myself smiling at the quality of this compared to some similar beers I’ve had recently.

This really does stand up.

Coffee intensity doesn’t waver and is very full and consistent in the drinking, I’d be happy to have this anytime, there is such a lovely balance and delivery in this that it would be real difficult to write it off as a big-brewers beers agsiant a more craft small production version, and in some respects the craft brewers could look to this as a marker. Which then leads me to think that the addition of suitable or ample coffee might hide all manner of ills….

To recap though, brilliant aroma, fantastic coffee intensity, lovely consistency in drinking, great taste, nice bitterness that isn’t sharp at the edges, decent finish,looks great in the glass, moorish, all the things. Brilliant. Needed more fluffiness in the head..

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 of its things from the thing. There I did it again. This is a right cracker of a beer, full bodied, full flavoured and fully lovely.

The double dip review

  • Am I enjoying it? Yes it is spectacular
  • Would I have another? Yes I might sneak one in the shopping as this can be found at the supermarket quite easily and at a good price
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights?  I would because it is very very good, and you’d get admiration and high-fives for bringing the along.

Music for this ” Anathema ” and an album called ” Distant Satellites” on of course Spotify. Anathema are a British rock band from Liverpool.


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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