Pastry stouts have been gathering steam all year, and now we’re starting to see more and more packaged releases like this one. Chocolate cherry frangipane… the name alone is a mouthful, and I haven’t even tasted it yet. Curiously it’s the frangipane (the almond dessert, not the phonetically similar flower) that dominates on the nose with that unmistakable marzipan aroma. The chocolate and lactose fall in behind with the cherry providing just a spark of tartness. The palate is more of a mix-up, with the roasted malts taking charge along with the nibs and cherry, while the almond retreats into the finish. It’s a sweet one for sure, but finely balanced with bitterness to keep each mouthful under control and even approaching dry by the end. One of the most drinkable pastry stouts I’ve encountered thus far, and hopefully a good indicator of brewers continuing to tune the style to produce better and better releases.
About The Author
Tim Newman is a A Wine and Spirits Education Trust graduate who has been gradually fermenting inside the Christchurch craft beer scene since it's primordial days. When the world of wine writing turned out to be a labyrinth of un-returned emails, he hopped the fence over to beer writing and reviewing and hasn't looked back. On an endless mission to taste the length and breadth of New Zealand craft brewing, and wrangle the most esoteric flavours into prose.
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