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Herevana – Lakeman – Black Jack Gold

On the face of it a normal stock Stout, on the can a whole new story. I was tipped onto this by someone who also couldn’t belive what a hidden gem they’d discovered. I’m about to find out.

Lakeman Brewing Company make the Lakeman Black Jack Gold in Taupo, 🇳🇿, New Zealand as a Stout  with an ABV of 8.1%. This is 3 standard drinks in NZ.

Hairy like Animal

I thought it had the aroma of Chocolate on opening. Of course it pours pitch black, and it has a really dark brown head, which is pleasing to my eye.

The aroma is less of the chocolate and less of much really, there’s nothing definitive or louder calling out.

Ok, I get a distinct oaky woodiness in the flavour. There is quite a lot of dryness and a prickly bitterness in this too.

But it is also quite smooth to drink, as if the taste is removed from an effect.

I’m probably drinking this too cold, straight from the fridge, and I can’t quite yet reach a coconut, nor can I discern any raisin influence in this. Pretty sure they are there as this is compelling in that there are things you can taste but can’t quite nail down.

A really quite interesting beer. It’s quite good at being soft to the palate, the prickly bitterness and dryness aren’t an issue, there’s some quite indistinct but present flavours, lead by a woodiness. Whilst I don’t or can’t discern those other things doesn’t detract from that this is really nice beer. It is by many measures ‘smooth’ and really pleasant, and I quite like that.

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 on the arbitrary number scale. I quite like it mostly because it is quite a pleasing and easy going stout that doesn’t challenge you with roust bitterness or smokiness or and there’s no real tang from alcohol either. But I’m not overly keen on that woodiness. But it really is worth a try as it has many more g=things going for it than not.

Randomly for choice – Spenser Cullum and the album called Spencer Cullum’s Coin Collection, on Spotify.

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.

Full bodied stout with roasted barley and chocolate malts aged on rum oak.

The addition of raisins gives a mild sweetness while the coconut enhances richness and provides a nuttiness.

Brewers Notes


The Stout is a full-bodied black beer with a pronounced roasted flavor, often similar to coffee and dark chocolate with some malty complexity. 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 has more body, richness, and often malt complexity than an Irish Dry Stout. Black in color, not brown like a porter. The American Stout is a fairly strong, highly roasted, bitter, hoppy black beer. It has the body and dark flavors typical of stouts with a more aggressive American hop character and bitterness. It generally has bolder roasted malt flavors and hopping than other traditional stouts. Like a hoppy, bitter, strongly roasted Stout. Much more roast and body than a Black IPA. Other variations of the style, like the Belgian Stout are included in this style


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