WexiLahti@ Teva Brew
2 years ago
A second review of this homebrew. This beer has now been in bottle for as long as 8.5 months. It has been stored in a cool place but not cold. I tasted the beer seven months ago for the first time. The appearance and head look identical to what they looked last year. I sieve the beer when pouring in the glass because I know there are solid greasy particles in the beer, originating either from chocolate or coconut. Carbonation is still nicely lively despite the time lapsed. The scent offers toasted cacao nibs and a decent injection of coconut. Toasted, as well. Moreover, I can pick a bit of vanilla, faint licorice and a note of roasted malt. When I compare my current experience with that in late September last year, it seems that the olfactory profile was more intense then than now. Coconut lands the taste receptors neatly. Cacao nibs are medium-toasted but still a tad restrained. The palette is escorted by distant licorice, roasted malt, old vanilla and a pinch of dried lingonberry. In comparison to how I wrote seven months ago, this is now turning lame. The body is still light. No change. No development. The finish gives raw chocolate, a whisper of licorice and a coffeeish nuance over medium duration. The mouthfeel is light, remotely roasty and slightly lip-glueing. However, unlike how I described the mouthfeel seven months ago, it's not even close to intense, neither pastry-like. What was intense at the age of 1.5 months, is now diluted. I also said "aging is absolutely needed". That was nonsense. Aging didn't improve the beer at all but vice versa. Aging should be avoided! I reduce the score by 0.2 stars.
WexiLahti@ Teva Brew
3 years ago
I'm so thrilled of our successful raspberry licorice stout that I had to taste the second beer of the series: coconut chocolate stout. The beer colors bright, medium-black. The level of carbonation is, again, right on the spot. A big-bubbled, beige head emerges on the surface and elevates as tall as up to three fingers. The foamy cap dissolves soon to a thin lace ring. The retention is substantially shorter now than it was in the raspberry licorice stout. I can see a gossamer greasy layer and some "flakes" on the top. It must be cacao fat whose source is the cacao nibs that we used for flavoring. Not really welcome albeit I have to verify it later in another bottle. Could cold crash be of help in the future? The fragrance is hefty: dark chocolate and cacao nibs are powerful. Coconut is easily depictable and probably divisive for many. Vanilla accompanies neatly the package and softens the entity. Rather appealing again! Massive dark chocolate and bags of cacao nibs constitute the skeleton of the palate. I can also find a small injection of licorice that probably originates from spraymalt. Cacao fat remains outside my experience. Good. Coconut suffers unfortunately from shyness. As if there was additionally a coffeeish hint behind the shadows. The body is only light. It's surely a disappointment. Dark chocolate and raw cacao powder capture the bulk of the gustatory universe in the finish. Licorice intensifies whereas coconut fades more or less away. Vanilla is not entirely absent. The aftertaste takes shade under a cacao tree together with the tastebuds over medium to long duration. The mouthfeel is light, intense, lip-glueing and rather pastry-like. It's also somewhat raw and young, which is no surprise since this was brewed less than ten weeks ago and bottled seven weeks ago. Aging is absolutely needed! For precisely that purpose, I'll be back with this beer later this year. In a nutshell: the olfactory supply is attractive and the gustatory provision is good, as well. The appearance has flaws and the body falls short of the standard. Not bad but needs improvements in the process.