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Beer – #693 – Lakeman – Black Jack Stout

This took my eye because the packaging, Shiney! So Stouts, Hurts, Punts, and Peeps

“…. Rum and raisin…”

This is the smaller 330 ml bottle which has beer that is 8.1%ABV, and 25 IBU, making it 2.11 standard drink units and 242 calories

Brewed by Lakeman Brewing Company styled as an  Imperial Stout and they are in Taupo, New Zealand

Small and Gold - like many things small and gold

Small and Gold – like many things small and gold

Full bodied with roasted barley, chocolate malts and aromas of oak.

Raisins add a mild sweetness combined with the warmth of rum.

So, what could possibly go wrong?

Rich milk chocolate aroma on opening, with a slight hiss, some raisin perhaps.

Dark mahogany pour, ruddy dark red around the edges in the light, dark burnt toast head that was nice then went to a film.

Aroma in the glass is mellow, still that chocolate note to the fore.

Rich, full, fruity, with hints of rum, burn bitter to the finish and dry. There is a lot going on.

Lakeman - Black Jack StoutI’m really enjoying the whole range of things that this has, surprised by that milk sweetness at the front that gives away tot he bitterness, the fruity thing in the middle, and then the dry to finish.

A cheery and welcome surprise as Stouts go, this one seems to have been given a twist without going out on a limb, brining together a lot of the classical Stout things into one small neat package, and at the same time making it a bit stand out.

Fair to say that this is a bit good.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 of its things from the thing. I’m going out on a limb a bit, perhaps, but this really does pack a lot of favours in a small bottle,  Whilst it might not be as smooth as some other Stouts, it does have a serious intent on the flavours.

The double dip review

  • Am I enjoying it? Yes, I am totally enjoying this.
  • Would I have another? I would indeed, or more.
  • Would I share with a friend  on a porch and set the world to rights?  I might be free an easy on the recommends but if at the end of the evening you cracked this out it would not go amiss, there is refreshing and there is exploring and there is a pretty bottle to talk about.

Music for this : ” Hurts ” ” Surrender” which of course I have on Spotify. Hurts are an English synthpop duo formed in 2009, consisting of singer Theo Hutchcraft and synthesist Adam Anderson.

IMPERIAL STOUT

Imperial stouts are usually extremely dark brown to black in color with flavors that are intensely malty, deeply roasted and sometimes with accents of dark fruit (raisin, fig) or milk sourness. The bitterness is typically medium and often the low sie of that. Imperial stouts are strong and often exceed 8% by volume.

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