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Herevana – Garage Project – 11 Anniversary Dessert Stout

Here we have: Garage Project 11 Anniversary Dessert Stout. One of two beers with the label “11” the other being the 11 – TripleIPA that I just had.

Might of course bit a bit soon to go to the multi-ingredient Stout (see the list below in the notes) but what’s the worst that could happen?

Garage Project make the Garage Project 11 Anniversary Dessert Stout in Wellington, 🇳🇿, New Zealand as a Stout with an ABV of 11.0% – this is 3.8 standard drinks in NZ.

I got out the OG Stout glass from Spiegelau to make sure I was doing it right. Of course I’m always big on the right glass – which for those not up to speed is the glass that it gets served in.

Deep chocolate aroma when you rip that lid, pitch black pour that ends with just enough coffee coloured head, which seems happy to just sit and behave bringing a nice aspect to the pour.

Rhymes with Heaven

The aroma from the glass is a smorgasbord of things, vanilla, chocolate, berry, something spicy, this could be a pub quiz on its own.

The taste is amazing. Smooth isn’t smooth enough to describe the mouthfeel, it is like liquid silk. On top of the absolute trickery of the taste there are many things to uncover and discover, it’s not like this is a plain Stout, like Snug, when you stop a bit there are layers of things that are there, and you can find them. The Cocoa, the vanilla, the hazelnut of course are easiest, because they are the staples, the coffee and the Coconut not so much, the latter much more apparent in the linger and worth waiting for (That bit of the taste when you’re thinking about the beer and you get a re-visit or wave from something you missed in the sup)

Absolute the ducks nuts. This is, and I’m out on a limb now, like a properly good old single malt, it is simple in and of itself and it is righteous. It’s been a while since I went all weird on a beer, but this, just this.

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 10 on the arbitrary number scale. Probably an 11, but that breaks the code, this is beer to love, cherish, enjoy and marvel about, I’ve not had the like for a long time. I’m dazzled, amazed and enthralled, and I think I used up all the good words.

Music: A playlist of Retro Soul – a 4 hour long playlist .

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.

11 Anniversary Dessert Stout, brewed with eleven different malts and infused with whole cinnamon rolls, coco puffs, caramel, miso, cacao nibs, hazelnut, vanilla pods, sour cherry, banana, coffee and toasted coconut. Rich, complex, dark and delicious.

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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