Just like you, but different
8 Wired – Double Scoop #1 – so clearly a series in the offing. It’s the beer of the week for the BeerJerkNZ beer club, that’s a subscription service that’s like a book club for for delicious, interesting, sometimes unique and always delightful beers.
It all melts together
This is a can, 440ml big, with beer that is 7.5% ABV, which is 2.8 drink units in NZ, and around that 225 calories a serve size.
8 Wired – Double Scoop #1 is of course brewed by 8 Wired, who are in 🇳🇿 Warkworth, New Zealand, and this is in the style that is Stout – Flavored / Pastry
Our Double Scoop project is a series of deliciously complex pastry stouts brewed with layers of real ingredients to unfold in your glass like a liquid baked delicacy.
Thus Raspberry Chocolate Brownie edition is layered with tones of velvety rich chocolate, drops of vanilla and bold berry.
It all melts together for a double helping of a silky, smooth, stouty treat, hold the sprinkles.
So, What could possibly go wrong?
You open the can to a mostly chocolate aroma, and if you take a deep breath there’s that raspberry 🙂
Mahogany dark pour with what I hoped was a head but ended up not much more than a film that couldn’t even manage more than a scant few moments, so it’s sitting there looking like a flat Coca-cola.
Aroma in the glass is Raspberry all day.
Taste, not a surprise here, is raspberry, but much less than you might expect given the long run-up that they had. It’s not a full mouthfeel and it finishes with that toasted/chocolate dryness at the back with is lovely and enjoyable, rounding out quite a nice first sup.
There’s a odd/off bitterness to this that I can’t associate to raspberries and it’s not that kind of sourness that you’d perhaps associate with a typical 8Wired soured beer.
Another thing is that this isn’t sweet, which is where the difference between a desert Stout and a pastry Stout lies? I’m not an expert, I’d say they were different with the ingredients, the raspberries, vanilla and the chocolate all working together as a set rather than having a lead flavour note.
Whatever it is it’s delicious. It’s also goign to be quite hard having only the one. I’m not sure if this is me developing gulping as a habit or if the last few beers I’ve had are just irresistible.
However my expectations for fullness which I would have known would not be there given the fulsome and accurate ingredient list is something I’d like, call me a luddite. As it is though a flavoured stout is quite remarkable, and easy drinking, enjoyable and it has all the things it says on the can, even if the vanilla is the lesser of things. I like the lack or, or late delivery of bitterness, I like that level of raspberries, and all together this is as you’d expected from the brewer a clever and deliberate bit of work.
The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 of its things from the thing. Just for audacity and mostly for clarity of the delivery this is magnificent must have beer if you like Stouts, it is exactly as it says it is, and it delivers on each and every thing it says. As it Should
The double dip review
Music for this: Sad But True by Delaney Davidson, Marlon Williams An album I picked up a while ago that get little play.
The “Flavored Stout” is a full-bodied black beer with a pronounced roasted flavor, often similar to coffee and dark chocolate with some malty complexity and some variations can be quite hoppy. The beer also contain a clear flavoring element. The balance can range from moderately bittersweet to bitter, with the more balanced versions having up to moderate malty richness and the bitter versions being quite dry. It also feature an harmonious marriage of the additive and beer, but still recognizable as a beer. The additive character should be evident but in balance with the beer. (For example: fruits, spices, herbs, vegetables, coffee, honey, chocolate, maple sirup, chilies, nuts, vanilla, liquor – BUT not including Smoked malt, barrel-aging or a Sour element resulting from the brewing process). In the case of over-the-top, highly sweet, adjunct-heavy stouts reminiscent of a liquid version of cake or pastry, the name “Dessert Stout” or “Pastry Stout” if often used.