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Herevana – Duncan’s – Toasty Marshmallow

Duncan possibly king of the Pastry Stouts, and a master of the Lactose addition. He’s only done a Marshmallow one!

Duncan’s Brewing Co. make the Duncan’s Toasty Marshmallow Paraparaumu, Wellington, 🇳🇿 New Zealand in the style the is of a Stout – Imperial Flavored / Pastry with an ABV of 10.8% making it 2.7 standard drinks in NZ

An unsurprising Rich milk aroma when you crack that can open.

A lovely pitch black pour and a surprisingly bright head on this. Aroma in the glass is something very sweet, and I’m going with candyfloss.

Explosion of things. Super sweet, super full, and a sharp kick of a bitterness that made me squint, although that might have been the sweetness, it all happened in a bit of a dash. I’ll try again.

There is quite a lot of familiar burnt and bitter notes in this, and there’s a big sleeping pillow of full sugary sweetness that sits there looking large and yet not insistent.

An absolute cacophony of tastes that are at the time familiar and yet strangely out of place. Its just too sweet for me.

Having lauded Duncan and his endeavour I now find myself strongly ad odds with my enthusiasm. But you just can’t like every beer, and this might be one of those rare ones that pops up now an again. I don’t not like it, it really is a gorgeous stout, that is a given, will not have an argument about that, but I’m not feeling the marshmallow bit of this.

Which is a shame. Lucky for me that my next beer is Duncan’s Tiramisu 🙂

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 on the arbitrary number scale. I think that this might be the tick too far kind of beer, it’s really nice, and there’s some great beers that build up for this, but it seems a bit out of sorts.

Music : Sexbombe Uber Alles – James Clarke Five 

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.

Our brewer took a massive blowtorch to our kettle and toasted a truck load of marshmallows & lactose sugar for this beer. Enough said, enjoy.

Brewers Notes

Stout – Flavored / Pastry

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.


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