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Herevana – Garage Project – Slay Ride

When it’s time to double down on your big start it’s time to look to a stout. and look what I have found a Garage Project Slay Ride  – honestly I brought this spoke about this, then I clearly forgot and found this, over the space of 2 days. Christmas was saved 🙂

Garage Project make the Garage Project Slay Ride in windy 🇳🇿 Wellington, New Zealand and it is, as mentioned a a Stout – Imperial Flavored / Pastry  with a large10.4% ABV thing about it, and 3.6 standard drinks as a surprise for you.

You better watch out, Santa Claus is coming to town. He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, he knows if you’ve been bad or good… and you know you’ve been very naughty. Better leave out some decent treats. 

Slay Ride, the ultimate in Xmas extravagance. A truly decadent seasonal stout, brewed with eight different malts, Christmas cake, plum pudding, mince pies, dried cranberries, raisins, nuts, vanilla and cacao nibs. 
Come on, it’s lovely weather for a Slay Ride together… but only if you feel like sharing

Good lord, shut the front door, that’s the aroma you’re looking for, it’s like a dark milk chocolate shake, it is glorious.

Pour is black as coals, head is like a milkshake thick coffee coloured thing. It is lovely to look at. What’s it like to drink thought?

Ho Ho Ho

A pastry beer should be full and fluffy right….Well this a lot of things, some of which are expected and some of which just make you sit back a bit and flinch. I’m going to have to think careful about this next bit.

The Taste is a slam of things, there’s this immense bitterness, like Brobdingnagian immense, it almost overwhelms but at that point where you think it’s a bit much that richness and fullness leap over and smash you with a fullness, which only leads you to having this mouth fight of bitter and sweetness going on, like a battle Royale. I have no idea what’s going on . All I can do is sit here and think of my words.

The words I have is that when this warms, just a little it seems to calm down and settle into itself, it’s still a beer wth lot of sensory input and challenge but it’s less a fight and more a tussle.

Stouts of all sizes are amazing for their variety and complexity and outcomes, this is all the beer that I wanted and what I wanted it delivers in abundance, what I didn’t enjoy was that tang of alcohol, but you get what you get. This is my first slay ride, apparently I’ve missed out, which is not a surprise, the beer budget, the good intentions and the ability to taste all the beers are a balance. I love Garage Project more than they know, that I’ve not been on-board as much is down to me not them.

I just realised, this being a live blog, a drink and write, that I’m drifting into flowery sentimental piffle and sentiment. I don’t care. This is jolly decent beer that I rarely get to drink and enjoy in this way, it might be the music that makes me this way though.

Frank by Amy Winehouse was the background music for this adventure, she had it did Amy. I have this on Vinyl, it sounds richer and fuller and better, but it’s just a matter of volume really.

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 on the arbitrary number scale, The astringent alcohol tang is prevalent and a distraction from what it a lovely full mouthfeel and delicious beer with some serious pondering capability, it’s a big beer, big intentions and it ends, for me, a little bit like a bully, a bit brash, uncouth, or I’m just a little timid and meek. Also you should get one if you can, it is something, a properly decent something 🙂

Herevana beers are those I drink at home, I’m not at some beer festival, like, for instance, Beervana, but am just in my kitchen, usually, dining room table, sometimes, or outside, occasionally, where I can take an average picture and write in real time about the beer that I’ve invested in, both in a monetary and emotional way.

Philip himself.



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