Australian Brewery are producing an ever-improving core range of canned beers. Into The Void is a delightful dry, toasty and bitter oatmeal stout.
It pours absolutely pitch black and the colour is nicely offset by the milk coffee coloured head which fizzles down to a thin layer.
There isn’t much carbonation and the liquid sits reassuringly heavy in the glass. This is what you want from a stout.
Hop bitterness is the most forward of the aromas. It’s earthy and slightly piney but it’s quickly followed by a toasty malt smell.
There’s a burnt edge to the aroma and this is evident in the taste as well. Burnt chocolate is subtle but definitely there. It’s quite nice and gives the beer a bittersweet flavour.
The malt sweetness and hop bitterness play off against each other and compete on the tongue. Every time you think the bitterness is punching through and winning the toasty flavours spring back up, swirling around your palate to keep you guessing.
There’s a touch of silkiness from the oats as it crosses your tongue, however this fades to a satisfying dry finish. It’s a beer which you can sip or quaff.
As long as you pour it into a nice glass, you’re going to enjoy it. You want to make sure you get the aromas swirling around to get maximum flavour.
I enjoyed Australian Brewery’s Into The Void on a cold, miserable day which it’s perfectly suited for if you want a bit of warmth to make you smile.
If you’re pairing it with food it would go deliciously with Scottish oat cakes with cheese and fruit, or with chocolate rice pudding.
From: Rouse Hill, NSW
Beer style: Oatmeal Stout
Pair with: Scottish oat cakes with cheese and fruit
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