The 2017 edition of Shenanigans Flight Path is a mash-up of two previous seasonals. This time with a lager twist.
In a landscape so flooded with hop-forward beers, both were refreshingly malt-forward and balanced. Shenanigans once again collaborated with Marrickville’s Double Roasters for the coffee in this beer.
Into 2017’s Flight Path goes plenty of their cold drip coffee which adds a distinctive element to the overall experience.
Coffee, Chocolate and… Weetbix
Dark in colour, this iteration of Flight Path showcases bold coffee character from the word go. It has a cola-like foam head on top which bubbles and pops and fizzes. The head then subsides to a thin sea-foam like ring of bubbles around the circumference of the glass.
Flavours from the Malt Assault grain bill are soon forthcoming, through the assertive coffee flavours that present as slightly underextracted with a light acidity.
As with the previous year’s Malt Assault, there’s a wonderfully comforting warm-milk-covered-Weetbix flavour. There’s enough grain to provide 6% alcohol and a balanced sweetness, that it envelopes you in a warming winter hug.
There’s also the unmistakeable flavours and aromas of the chocolate malt that goes into the grain bill. Chocolate malt not only contributes to the enticing nose and essential flavours of this beer but lends to the wonderful dark brown colour of the liquid.
Oats add to the melting pot of grainy and comforting malt flavours. They also do a little bit to smooth the mouthfeel but this remains crisp and lager-like, finishing with a snap. This is a dunkel after all and it culminates in a clean finish with a brisk bitterness right at the end.
The hop bill, in particular Columbus, generates enough of this bitterness to balance out the malt profile. The fruity hops also interplay with some similar flavours in the coffee, while they complement the chocolate malt as they would in a bar of fruit and nut chocolate.
Even More Than The Sum Of Its Parts
It’s not often you can take two different beers, smash them together and get something not only balanced but enjoyable and unique in and of itself. That’s what this edition of Flight Path is.
Elements of both previous beers are there but they work in tandem, creating a harmony of flavours and sensations culminating in an original and distinctive beer.
Pair it with home made Anzac biscuits. The oats go with the Weetbix base flavour and the coffee and biscuit relationship is familiar and comfortable.
From: Inner West, Sydney
Beer style: Coffee Dunkel
Hops: Topaz, Columbus, Azacca
Malt: Munich, Oats, Chocolate and Crystal
Other ingredients: Cold drip coffee from Double Roasters
Pair with: Homemade Anzac biscuits
Have you tried Shenanigans Flight Path 2017, the Dunkeled Edition? Leave a comment and share your thoughts, particularly on how it compares to previous versions of Malt Assault and Flight Path.