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Garage Project Day Of The Dead

Garage Project Day Of The Dead
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Brewed by Garage Project
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Wellington, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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Lager, but not as we know it. Garage Project’s Day of the Dead - a strong black lager inspired by the Aztec beverage xocolatl, “a bitter, frothy, spicy drink” combining cocoa and chili. Brewed with smoked chipotle chili, refermented with organic blue agave syrup (the basis of Tequila) and conditioned over raw cocoa nibs - rich and dark, Day of the Dead is smooth and drinkable with a complex mix of smoke, chocolate and restrained chili heat. A true celebration of the dark side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3065) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 23, 2014
Big beige head dark pour soft carbonation the aromas cocoa caramel cigarette ash dried fruit dark fruit the flavours cocoa ash dry taste strong bitter dried fruit pepper and a nice touch of chili very spicy tasting ale pretty good the finish classy ale best tastes the dry notes okay sweetness good hop flavour nice ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (2786) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 18, 2014
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours very dark brown with a thick and dense tan head. Nose is full of chocolate and spice, huge pepper and a nice hint of liquorice. Taste is more toast and robust chocolate before the chilli bite takes over. Nice spice driven kick to finish. Very lengthy. So good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bgb1991 (92) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2014
Smoke and spice on the nose. Also some vanilla and cocoa. Not a flash looking beer, not exactly dark per say more brown. I love the taste, is it spicy? No. Is it big and smokey? No. But each flavour compliments each other and the beer is very smooth. So all in all, to be outstanding it needs more of that chili and smoke it talks about to give it a bigger body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ComradeK (922) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2014
650ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a medium light beige head, which lasts well and leaves a little lacing. Bitter cocoa, smoky chipotle and roasty malt make up the aroma. Mild herbal hops up front blend nicely with chilli heat. A touch of smoke segues nicely into bitter cocoa and roasty malt in the mid-palate. Smoky chipotle heat returns in the finish, and leaves a pleasantly lingering aftertaste. This is a very enjoyable beer. Whilst I couldn’t really detect the vanilla or agave, both the cocoa and chipotle blend very nicely with both the base beer and each other.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ACD (572) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 11, 2014
Bomber shared at tasting. Dark mahogany, tan head. Huge black pepper and chocolate nose. Big heat in the taste - heavy on the chilli. Serious chocolate flavour, dark and roasty. Chilli and black pepper take hold. Medium bodied. Impressive and moreish, especially if you’re a big fan of chilli character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NBird (290) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 7, 2014
Looks.. Cola dark brown, sml-med head. Smells..lager malts, loads of cocoa..some chocolate and a hint of the chipotle. Tastes..great take on a lager, chocolate and cooca, definite sense of the chipotle spice, any more and it’d be too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hop_Hedonist (178) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2013
Interesting beer - could do with more chilli input - good chocolate edge - light body as expected from the lager recipe - more towards stout flavour and better than Guinness any day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
stoutnick (386) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 27, 2013
Darkish. Aroma is mild spice. Same with flavours, though dark malt takes over here. Wish the smokiness and heat was just a bit larger and longer. Not as great as I was expecting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
inceptioj (40) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 26, 2013
As typical of Garage Project the design on the can is beautiful. Pours a very coke brown with a thick foamy head which disappears fairly quickly. Cocoa and vanilla on the nose. Tastes like a good porter really, but with some tasty powdery cocoa notes probably from the cocoa nibs. The palate is smooth and cool and delicious and contrasts nicely with the gradual chilli burn in the throat. I’m not usually a fan of chilli beer but this one is quite subtle, just the right amount. Extremely enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2013
I really liked this. Big rich flavours and lovely balance. There is a nice burn to it. Solid.

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