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Beer – #999 – Garage Project – Mutiny on the Bounty

Garage Project Mutiny on the Bounty, a beer that probably should be considered a treasure, and an expensive treat. I’ve saved this for now, because it’s fitting that a beer that is highly regarded should be one that gets a special place on the list at number 999.

Spirituous heat elegantly balanced

This is a 650ml bottle, individually wrapped, and at 11.2% ABV this 330ish calories a serve size, in the bottler there are 5.7 standard drinks.

Brewed by Garage Project This ons is in the style that is of an  Imperial Stout, and they are in Wellington, New Zealand

Come on a journey below the 45th parallel. Inspired by the ill fated expedition of the HMS Bounty,

Shiver Me Timbers

Mutiny is a very South Pacific take on an export stout, brewed with breadfruit, roasted plantain, coconut sugar, toasted coconut and Tahitian vanilla.

Spirituous heat elegantly balanced with deep, rich coconut vanilla sweetness in an ebony black brew of intense complexity. A voyage to the true heart of darkness.

Our South Pacific Export Stout brewed with Breadfruit, Roasted Plantain, Coconut & Tahitian Vanilla

So, What could possibly go wrong?

A lovely presentation, hand wrapped bottles with string holding it closed, like a printed treasure map, let down by the plain tin cap, so fussy.

Lovely dark chocolate steeped fruit aroma on opening this.  This isn’t as dark as you’d think it’s more a deep brown than a black, and sits that dark brown in the glass with a head that is brown, steady, atop, thick and luxurious looking

That’s a lot of beer. From the heady aroma up front to the alcohol tang finish at the end, in between and explosion of flavours and taste bites. A bitter fullness but wrapped in a softness is how to describe that burnt dark malt body. It’s a heady beer.

It sat in the glass for just a few minutes whilst I faffed about with other things, and this got deeper and richer in the mouthfeel, much deeper, and richer. A properly nice thing.

It’s not impossible to describe how nice this is to drink, but it might be difficult to exactly describe that intoxicating mixture of flavours and they way they unfold as you drink this. That brilliant aroma preceding the bitter tang and smoothness as it washes to that dry alcohol tang finish.

It is simply outstanding beer.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 10 of its things from the thing. There can only be one score for a beer of this calibre, from the presentation and the unwrapping to that amazing aroma on opening, the deep brown pour and the inviting head, onto that total explosion of tastes in the mouth onto that kick of alcohol tang at the back.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? Liquorland had them, they’d be unusual to find now I imagine.
  • Am I enjoying it? It is amazing, a rare an uncommonly good beer.
  • Would I have another? It was an expensive indulgence and I would indulge again.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Yes, this would be a show stopper, something that you’d find hard to beat, beer that you sip and unravel enjoy and get into, this is perfect for lovers of dark beer, a beer of the like you don’t get that often..

Music for this:  False Youth Etcetera by Roadkill Ghost Choir on Spotify 

Roadkill Ghost Choir is an American alternative rock band from DeLand, Florida


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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