Just like you, but different
One of the pleasures is being given the gift of beer, and I’ve been given a box of Duncan’s, a mixed 6 pack – The Polymorphic Mix Six – a selection of this and that.
Not surprisingly this is beer that is brewed by Duncan’s Brewing Co. who are in Paraparaumu, New Zealand
From the Final two I’ve picked first the Duncan’s Uncharted IPPA – which is an India Style Lager
The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. I like it more than I don’t like it, it looks great, pours nice and drinks well and it a big step up from normal lager. What’s not to like
Last but not least, there is the simply called Duncan’s Stout -brewed as a stout, of course
This is a 330ml bottle of a beer that is 5.6% ABV and that’s 1.5 standard drink units.
This oatmeal stout is silky smooth with notes of dark chocolate and burnt caramel.
A Stout on a summer day, what could possibly go wrong?
It’s the lighter end of dark, that is it isn’t pitch black but a dark brown like a veneer on an old piano.
The aroma is what you expect from a stout, a deep rumbling burn smokey note. but alas I didn’t get any head when I poured, and I have not idea why that bothers me so much all the time.
There’s a lot of flavour in that, a lot more than I expected.
Quite high sharp tastes too, sweet and prickly, with some deeper chocolate type things in there. Honestly was not expecting that.
You’d have thought the Oatmeal would have added that fluffiness and fullness that you get, in this case not so much.
The carbonation seems to being with it a really sharp high note, and don’t think I enjoy it, and this really block what’s coming behind and with.
What this isn’t is ‘Silky smooth’ though, far from it, that prickle is annoying.
At the bitter/sharp end of what you could expect from an oatmeal stout that should be fuller in the mouth, but this does have that burnt caramel and chocolate hints going on, if only they could get a shot at the big time and not be shadowed out.
The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing. It’s a stout. It’s not a brilliant stout, and really doesn’t do much to advance the cause for stouts, not that that is what it sets out to be or do. As a day to day stout there are probably better and more rounded options.
The double dip review
Music for this: ”This Is Leon Bridges if you fancy a bit of the smooth, a bit like the talented version of me really.