Now Rocks Brewing have their own brewery they’ve turned some of their attention to making interesting limited releases. This sweet stout with chocolate notes shows off their experimental leanings.
The first thing that’s obvious when pouring this sweet stout from Rocks Brewing is the low levels of carbonation and the lack of head retention. It’s interesting as it makes the liquid seem weightier in the glass.
The head briefly fizzes up and then just as quickly it disappears completely, leaving a thick mass of rich blackness in the glass.
To the uninitiated it might look like quite an intimidating beer. To the craftier inclined, sweet stouts are known as being a much more accessible style of beer than they’re given credit for.
It’s more or less a solid black colour with some chocolate brown highlights when held to the light.
It smells as you’d expect, pumping out toasty and chocolate aromas. There’s a definite “beery” smell too, like a dependable old pub. It just has that stout smell and it smells good.
On the first sip it tastes more like a dry stout than a sweet stout. The lactose character or residual sugar isn’t really there but instead hop bitterness with roasty, toasty malt flavours across the palate.
After this, some of the lactose sweetness comes through, along with the chocolate malt character and what tastes like cocoa nibs. It’s still nicely bitter though.
There’s definitely more of a dark chocolate character to my taste buds, perhaps it’s the cocoa flavours and the bitterness. In a way the aftertaste is almost like burnt chocolate.
It’s very smooth across the palate and it slips down easily. The lactose has certainly given a creamy mouthfeel to it which is very enjoyable.
I drank it from a Spiegelau Stout glass but any large pint glass or tulip glass would be great too. It would pair wonderfully with a dessert like a dark chocolate tart or even orange and pistachio biscotti.
From: Alexandria, NSW
Beer style: Sweet stout
Pair with: Orange and pistachio biscotti
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