Stout Tasting – Setter Liquors crew
The participants: The Settler’s Liquor Store Tasting Collective (S.L.S.T.C)
Guided by Brent and Grant (Jedi Beer Order)
The mission: Stouts, Barrel Aged and Porters.
Time: A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. . .
Place: Corner Bar Millennium Beer Falcon
Guest Blogger: Chewy
For the latest tasting in the S.L.S.T.C we went to the dark side. The dark side of beer. . .
Ever since we were young, we are always told to resist the sinister dark side of the force. No matter how great the temptation or how strong the urge, the good of the light side will always prevail. But, I’ll be honest with you, I’ll happily cross to the dark side if there is a cold beer there waiting for me. So there. Take that Yoda, you shall.
In the case of beer, the Jedi’s of the New Brewing Order use darker roasted malts, roasted barley, hops, yeast, water and in some cases. . . milk and oats.
By turning up the roast on the malts or barley into hyper drive, these dark brewing Sith lords can create a delicious array of chocolate, coffee, cocoa, smokey, caramelly flavours wrapped up in a sweet full-bodied and robust mouthfeel of awesomeness. With a shopping list of tasting notes like this, you can see why it’s so easy to be seduced in the cooler winter months to the warmth of the roasty dark side. But you must remember my pint size padwan, the alcoholic force is strong in these beers.
The beer purists amongst us may associate the dark side of the beer with the trilogy of original classics. . . Guinness, Coopers Extra Stout or Chimay. But this is just the tip of the stout iceberg, as there are many more available on the market to those budding alcoholic Anakin’s amongst us to explore (and yes, some of these beers even prequel the ‘originals’. . .)
So, let’s get to the tasting shall we. . . The night kicked off with Margaret River Liquor Merchants’s own Queen Beth light-sabring a Magnum of 1999 Coopers Vintage Alre on the balcony into the street below. (Is this how all tastings start?). It was plucked from the depths of the dungeon and honestly, I thought this would be a fat and flat as Jabba the Hut. But alas, it was surprisingly fresh with malty sweetness and well. . . delicious.
Seventeen further stouts and porters ensued, guided by the imperial wisdom of Grant and Brent, I managed to scrawl some notes of S.L.S.T.C on of the dark brooding brews below:
Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen Dunken (5.3%) Banana’s, caramel and cloves with a smokey undertone, as many strings to the bow as R2D2.
Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout (5.0%) Soft and smooth, as comfortable duvet on a cold winters night. One to sip and ponder on if you are drinking (Hans) Solo.
Cascade Stout (5.8%) A solid mealy and oatmeal brew – honest and compact like a Tasmanian Ewok.
Eagle Bay Cacao Stout (5.3%) A breakfast beer of chocolate, coffee and caramel, which uses recycled husk of coco nibs. As dependable as Chewbacca behind the controls.
James Squire James Squire Porter (5.0%) Box ticking brew as dependable as Red Leader in a X-wing fighter.
Black Brewing Milk Stout Bao – Bao (4.5%) Milky Tasting and sort of quirky, but charming nonetheless, kinda like C-3PO.
Coopers Stout (6.3%) Staunch and reliable without fault, the absolute Millennium Falcon of Stout.
Guinness Extra Stout (6.0%) Mothers milk, the Luke Skywalker of Stouts, could get you out of (or into?) any situation **Interesting footnote – Brent and Grant told us that 40% of the worlds Guinness is sold in Africa, with Nigeria being the biggest market. That’s super odd. Right?
Pirate Life Stout (7.2%) Jaffa and spice and all things nice, New wonder-kid on the block, but the alcohol could turn on you later in the night like Anakin Skywalker.
Nail Oatmeal Stout (6.0%) As above but with more booze, few of these under the belt and you’ll start talking like Yoda, you will.
Chimay Peres Trappistes (9.0%) No wonder Monks can fast for 40 days if they make and drink this stuff – a wise old beer, like Obi Wan Kenobi.
Grand Cru RodenBach (6.0%) – Sour Beer It stomps on your tongue in velvet slippers, as smooth, yet subtlety powerful and as Queen Armidala herself.
Cheeky Monkey Silverback Stout (10.0%) Dates and plums, a bitter little number. Super strong, basically like the death star of beers, ready to destroy you at any minute or freeze your liver function in carbonite.
So there it is. It seems the dark beer force is awakening. So, before you shift into auto-pilot and make your next beer choice from Alderaan places, talk to the legends at Setters Liquor and grab yourself some interesting and delicious dark brews to spice up your winter. May the force be with you.