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Southern Clam Stout
- Emerson's Brewery
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)
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Limited (brewed once).
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours dark black with nice, moderately tanned head.
Smell is solid roast, some gingerbread. Slight brine perhaps. Bit of funky smoke and some nice, resinous hops.
Taste is more roast and gingerbread. Again get some nice resinous hops.
Mouthfeel is thick and nice.
Very solid beer. Would drink again.
Serving type: bottle
12-10-2012 05:31:12 |
More by danieelol
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
500ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. Marked with "Hint of the briny" and "Warning: Product contains shellfish", you're left in little doubt that this does indeed contain its eponymous clams.
Uncaps with a weird pop, not the standard hiss of released CO2. The beer looks great, however, a deep solid dark brown, with a fine, creamy and relatively dark mocha head. Light, fluid body holds fine carbonation, suggesting a little more depth. Some fine, sheeting carbonation. Looks good.
Nose is pleasantly smooth and roasted, but sharpened with a little spice and a lick of salt. There's something fresh and organic about it, almost a pine-forest aroma. The smooth, dark and slightly sweet malt character gives it a solid basis, however, meaning it stays true to its roots as a stout, while having some interesting curves along the way.
Taste is, on the surface, a pleasant roasty stout, but again there are kinks in the façade.
Slightly spicy, bitter aniseed overtones come through, as does more of that slick pine, or green organic character. I guess it's easy to put that down to the clams once you see the label, but it's not necessarily that flavour in itself. Some sweet apricot or stonefruit characters appear a little when it's warmer. Smooth finish, lengthened by some of those slightly organic, perhaps salty tones, which give the fading flavours a little kick to keep them awake.
Feel is rather light, but smooth, and with a perfect amount of weight to match the flavours of the beer.
Overall, this is impressive stuff. Really solidly made and beautifully, balanced, within style and yet with some interesting quirks to make you sit up and take notice. Great beer from a great brewery.
Serving type: bottle
12-09-2012 05:53:01 |
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