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Beer – #1,069 – Te Aro – Dubh X

Dubh X. I got unreasonably excited, being how I’ve hankered after a beer with my name on, or failing that a beer that I’ve named. I even had an idea recently for a name, it’s been done before, but I was thinking Pitt the Younger and Pitt the Elder would be amusing, because what’s the chance of me ever getting a Pliny the anything. Anyway I digress.

strong meaty

Te Aro DubhX is  beer at 5.3% ABV, in a 500ml bottle this makes is 2.1 standard drink units in NZ.

Te Aro Dubh Oatmeal Stout is  brewed as a Stout – Oatmeal which is brewed in 🇳🇿 Wellington, New Zealand by Te Aro Brewing of course.


A strong meaty Oatmeal Stout with rich notes of chocolate and coffee, available in low-carbonation for Nitro systems and normal carbonation. Contains Lactos

So, What could possibly go wrong?

Well if you like this beer you can feel free to download the recipe from the brewer.  I’m not going to do that, because it get difficult after that, not having equipment and that. Again I digress.

Dubh has a lovely chocolaty note on opening, with a soft hiss. I smiled.

Pour is a muddy indolent thing, but it’s well carbonated and sits in the glass nicely with a full sized head of off white atop, it’s quite a noisy beer.

It has a familiar sharp bitterness, followed by quite a nice but not overly full mouthfeel, that’d be the oatmeal, and the roasted darkness is evident, it is very easy drinking and very tasty.

I sat and drank a whole lot more than I had reason to, just because this is, to be honest, a jolly decent beer, one that looks lovely in the glass, has great aroma and looks, and comes with decent mouth fullness and carries the chocolaty notes really really well.

It would be easy to be drawn into a few of these, and you’d still be smiling at the end.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. A very good Oatmeal Stout that does not try to over-impress or force an issue, there’s no agenda on this other than being just a very good beer.

The double dip review. It really is a decent beer to drink, and has a lot of comfort notes, it looks great and drinks well, I really would try this again, and there are not that many beers you say that about.

  • Where did I get it? The local Liquorland of course.
  • Am I enjoying it? Yes it’s rather good
  • Would I have another? Yes
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Yes, this is a beer decent enough to talk about and also decent enough that it would be ok not to, because you just end up enjoying it and hanging after another. I wonder if they’d make a Dubh-yah

Music for this:  ” And It’s Still Alright by Nathaniel Rateliff  on the Spotify 


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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