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Herevana – Garage Project – Surrender to the Void: Rocky Road

Another in the series, and one I’e been wanting to get to. Once again on the back of the 8 Wired Frangipane I find that the time Tis now.  I’ve not even made it to dinner and I’m on the 2nd Pudding.

One of things that I’ve found with the Void is that there are layers and thickness, I’m hoping that this one is all that

Garage Project of course brew the Garage Project Surrender to the Void: Rocky Road in  Wellington, 🇳🇿, New Zealand. It is of course a Stout – Imperial Flavored / Pastry  with an ABV of  11.5% – this is 4 standard drinks in NZ

You lose yourself in the mile chocolate aroma.

Pours like oil that has been dipped in oil with head that on its own is darker than some stouts I’ve had, it can’t sustain though and settles into something more manageable and a layer of darkness on top.

In the glass it is quite hard to pick anything, it is like a black hold of aroma, there is something like milk chocolate but it isn’t strong or escaping. I’m bracing myself for the sup.

There is far too much to individually call – I get coconut, hazelnut, chocolate in dollops that is amazing and intense. There is so much going on that is all nuanced and clear, this isn’t just beer this is measured and layered and not guess work. I mean it could be guess work, but you can’t be that lucky.

A Tour-de-force. I think that’s where I am.

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 10 on the arbitrary scale. There are words that I can’t use, and words I can. The ones I can’t are the ones where you swear a bit about how good this is, the ones I can just say monumental, and possibly mental. This is just outstanding and amazing.

Music: The Church – Blood Money

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.

Surrender to the Void, an irregular series of outrageously decadent pitch black stouts brewed using an enormous, complex malt bill and mounds of debaucherous adjuncts.

What on earth is The Void doing now? Rocky Road! Cacao nibs, coconut, vanilla, hazelnut, turkish delight AND mounds of marshmallows! Seriously WTF!

Turn off your mind, relax and float down stream.

Brewers Notes

Stout – Imperial Flavored / Pastry

The “Flavored Imperial Stout”, or “Flavored Double Stout” is an intensely-flavored, big, very dark reddish-brown to black colored ale with a wide range of flavor balances and with a clear flavoring element. Roasty-burnt malt with deep dark or dried fruit flavors, and a warming, bittersweet finish. American versions have more bitterness, roasted character, and finishing hops, while the English varieties, or “Russian Imperial Stout” (RIS), reflect a more complex specialty malt character and a more forward ester profile. 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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