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Beer – #962 – Behemoth – Chocolate Fish

Finally what has to be the crowing glory in the GABS (Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular) pack: the  Chocolate Fish  from Behemoth Brewing Company What could go wrong with a beer and a chocolate fish? A chocolate fish is a  delicious pink marshmallow shaped like a fish and covered in chocolate. A Stout is delicious beer, together they should be deliciousnessness.

shaped like a fish and covered in chocolate

This is a 330ml bottle of a beer that is 6.6% ABV and 196 calories a serve, this is around the 1.7 standard drinks worth of beer in NZ.

This is Brewed by Behemoth Brewing Company in the style that is a Sweet Stout and he did that in Auckland, New Zealand

A by a bit excited

A chocolate fish is a pink marshmallow shaped like a fish and covered in chocolate.

Behemoth have created a chocolate Milk Stout that is chocolatey as chocolatey gets and added a load of raspberries to create the classic Kiwi treat in beer form.

So get this into a glass and enjoy it at the end of a meal.

So, What could possibly go wrong?

Raspberries are strong on opening this, then you get a milk chocolate rush.

An almost red black pour with a thin wistful head that drops off to leave a strange film atop the beer. The aroma is raspberries.

That’s remarkable, Raspberry aroma is big, but not so big that it’s not held in check by the sweet milk addition and snapped into line by a bitterness that was quite welcome.

If anything this is overly sweet if there was no context, but chocolate fish it is.

As a beer without context you’d err towards it being a bit thin perhaps and peaky in the wrong place, as a beer that’s a homage to a sweet this is remarkably accurate and appealing.

This is wonderfully easy drinking and that raspberry mustiness is just right in the curve to carry it along without this being too full, although a fuller mouthfeel beer would be just about spot on if that was possible

As it is it washes over the palate with ease and brings a smile each time, a fine and fitting end to a journey 6 pack, and if I could reach that high I’d pat the giraffe on the back and say thank you.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 of its things from the thing. A fully engaging bit of beer making, if only it’d kept a head, and been fluffier in the middle with some fuller mouthfeel then it’d be close to being on the 10 list. As it is I’ll be talking about this tomorrow and beyond as being an example of how things that shouldn’t go together go together

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? The local Liquorland
  • Am I enjoying it? Yes, it’s a winner of a beer
  • Would I have another? Yes, and I’d like to see a fuller mouthfeel version
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Absolutely. This would be a great end of meal after ice-cream beer, or even with the ice-cream, it has so much going for it including the talking points about it being a chocolate fish, and a beer, and a chocolate fish….

Music for this:  ” ELO ” and ” A New World Record” for me on Vinyl, but on Spotify 

A New World Record is the sixth studio album by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). It was released on 11 September 1976


Dark brown to black in colour. Sweet stouts come in three main varieties – milk stout, oatmeal stout, and foreign stout. Milk stouts are made with the addition of lactose, and are sweet, low-alcohol brews. Oatmeal lends a smooth fullness of body to stouts, while foreign stouts are stronger (6.5-8% abv) and have a sweet malt profile and high esters. All of the sweet stouts are noted for their restrained roastiness in comparison with other stouts, and low hop levels.


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