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Brewed by Garage Project
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Wellington, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hop_Hedonist (442) - Perth, - DEC 22, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2015 I reckon the chilli input has been pumped up since I last tried this - hooray!! - good chocolate/coffee edge - light body as expected from the lager recipe - more towards stout flavour and better than Guinness any day. Another superb GP brew - damn satisfying.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (2736) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2016
Pours black with a large foamy mocha head. Aromas of milk chocolate, roasted malt, roasted nuts, brown sugar. Taste is roasted and chocolatey with almond notes and towards the end a pronounced chili heat. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
craftbeersweden (544) - SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2016
A 6.7 % ABV lager with cocoa and chili.

Nose: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and caramel.
Taste: Milk chocolate, cacao, caramel malt, licorice and chili.
Mouth: Medium body and high carbonation. Heat from the chili.

Not that interesting... The chili makes it a little different but not really better!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikeyo1 (607) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2016
Can @ home. Pours black with a nice dull off white head. Aroma is dry and medium roasted with chocolate, licorice, some leather, dark fruits and spices including hints of chili heat. Medium bodied medium sweet chocolate flavor, quite smooth but with an aggressive hot Chilli taste that increases and lingers throughout the aftertaste, almost overshadowing whatever hop bitterness is in this beer. Also Notes of plums, licorice, cocoa, spices. Unbalanced but unique.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arve_Christian (4637) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 30, 2016
On can from Vinmonopolet Norway, on order. Pitch black color, good offwhite foam. Medium aroma intensity; chili , licorice, a little roasty, choclate & leather. Medium full body & complexity. Good bitterness and balance. Very enjoyable

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heyden (137) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 25, 2016
Quite an interesting brew - some silky smoothness from the vanilla, cacao and creamy texture juxtaposed by the bracing chilli (although for my taste I would love more chilli). I feel the agave is always going to get lost in a heavy dark beer but it is true to theme. Enjoyed

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Cool_Bond (2237) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2016
Chocolate, light spicy and full-bodied. The taste is very chilli, chocolate and coffee. Unfortunately assumed chilli too much and the beer is not good. OK bitterness which fills the upper part of the mouth a weak moment. It goes to drink but does not recommend it. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kustie (739) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 6, 2016
Can from systembolaget Nyköping. Opaque black color with tanned head. Aroma has roasted malt, cocoa. Taste is malty with quite long bitter and somewhat hot aftertaste. Flavors of chili, cocoa, spices, roasted malt. Intresting chili beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AaronTDubs (263) - - APR 2, 2016
Almost black color. Medium carbonation. Sweet chocolate aroma, caramel, some fruitiness, and smoke aromas. Starts sweet and malty. Finished hot. Creamy mouthfeel. Rich chocolate flavors. Touch of fruit. Maybe a bit too much chili, but a very good beer overall. Had it with some spicy thai food and it worked very well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (6663) - Halden, NORWAY - MAR 31, 2016
Ahhh this one is not just for chili lovers. A really nice lager of all things. With a fine spiced back that just rocks you a little bit. Pleasant and highly recommendable.
Black color with a fine off white head. Ok lacing down the sides of the glass. Nice intensity in the aroma. Medium (+) body and a fine carbonation. Ok balanced sweetness and a fine spiced touch in the back. Dark malt, chocolate, coffee, some roast and mild chili.
[Can from Systembolaget Web order in Sweden]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davros (2663) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2016
Pours dark brown with a quickly fading head. Nose shows bready malt, toasty notes, soft chilli and dark chocolate. Flavours include soft chilli heat, noticeable cocoa and some soft roasted malt.


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