Nomad have released some awesome fresh, fruity and complex beers. So it was about time they turned their attention to a good old stout.
Couch Stout pours with very little carbonation. Give it a splash and a swirl in the glass to get some head going. It certainly looks great for it.
On the nose it shows off big cocoa aromas, towards the bitter end of chocolate but with some subtle sweetness underneath. There’s a touch of vanilla in the aroma so perhaps that’s where the sweetness comes from.
There’s also something a bit gristy and grainy in the bouquet, it’s a malt forward beer and you can smell the grain bill. While there is some roastiness to it, this comes through much more in the flavour.
The chocolate notes and the typical stout bitterness from the hops combine to give it a raw edge which plays off nicely against the sweetness from the malt.
Nomad Couch Stout has a very smooth mouthfeel. It’s almost creamy on the tongue but it finishes nicely dry. As you sip, it’s not quite slick, just silky.
With a beer like this serving temperature is key. When you allow it to rise slowly to something approaching room temperature you’ll get a lot more of the oaty and chocolatey aromas and the taste will take on a new life.
Served too cold and the complex flavours in this beer will flatline. You won’t be doing the beer justice drinking it fresh from the fridge. Sit on it a while and let it warm in the glass.
I drank it on its own, on a chilly, stormy day. The principle behind the beer is that you should kick back on the couch on a cold day and relax with it. It’s perfect for that.
Being a fancy dan, and enjoying my beertography as I do, I drank it from a Spiegelau stout glass but any pint glass would do.
If you were going to pair it with food, your best bet is lounging on the couch, eating a melt in the middle dark chocolate pudding. Just try not to dribble it down yourself.
Or, if you’re so inclined, you could combine with a scoop of ice-cream to make a stout float. Rich Belgian chocolate or Madagascan vanilla would be nice.
From: Brookvale, NSW
Beer style: Stout
Pair with: Melt in the middle dark chocolate pudding
Leave a comment if you’ve tried Nomad Couch Stout and let me know what you thought.