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Herevana – 8 Wired Double Scoop – Chocolate Cherry Frangipane

8 Wired Double Scoop Chocolate Cherry Frangipane – beer with a long name. Brilliant!

This beer has been in the dridge waiting for a gap, or an appropriate time, and that was never really happening, so here we are a wet Saturday in October early evening, straight to the dessert.

8 Wired Brewing make the 8 Wired Double Scoop – Chocolate Cherry Frangipane in Warkworth, 🇳🇿, New Zealand, and this one is in the style that is a Stout – Flavored / Pastry with an ABV of 7.5% – this would be 2.6 standard drinks in NZ

That’s a chocolate explosion when you open to can.

An impenetrable pitch black pour of a beer that sits with a lard really firm and dense head atop that is mocha chocolate coloured.

Made of the purest Black

The aroma is giddy. That mountain of Chocolate is underscored by, and I’m not really being fanciful here, pastry. Actual crumbly pastry, we’re all different but I swears.

You’re not really prepared for what happens next. There is a barrage of cherries and cocoa chocolate and a bitterness that could be from the cherries or just from the roast in this. Shell shocked.

Such a glorious aroma of cherries, and yes this one of those beers that has the aroma of the taste that you’re getting too, liquid hard cherries. dazzling.

I’m using up all the superlatives that I don’t think I’ve used for a while. But, and there always is, this might, as hilarious as this sounds, be just a bit too sweet. Not teeth enamel stripping too sweet, but it is very peaky on the apparent sugar load.

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 on the arbitrary number scale. There are so many things right with this beer, it has the aroma, then it has the taste of the aroma, then it has the sweetness of chocolate and then it has the brilliance of the roasted malts you want in Stout. It is worthy.

The Wedding Present – Locked Down and Stripped Back

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 Double Scoop project is a series of deliciously complex pastry stouts brewed with layers of real ingredients to unfold in your glass like a baked liquid delicacy.

This Chocolate, Cherry, and Frangipane edition is layered with tones of velvety chocolate, sweet yet tart cherry, classic Frangipane almond and a touch of vanilla.

It all melts together for a double helping of a silky stouty treat.

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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