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


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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.

Hop_Hedonist's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hop_Hedonist (392) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trentacle (16) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 30, 2016
Curiouser and curiouser. But is it beer? Either way, worth the experimentation with this sensation. And worth repeated re-experimentation. The novelty just doesn’t seem to wear off.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sevenlee (1669) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2016
Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is malt, roasty, chocolate, chilli and dark fruits. Taste is medium sweet leading to a hot chilli finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KeefOz (1262) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - DEC 9, 2015
BB 16/09/2016. Poured a very slightly translucent mahogany colour with a two-finger light tan dense foamy head that diminished quickly to a collar that laced poorly. Carbonation moderate. Aroma of dark chocolate, molasses, coffee and cocoa. taste initially of chocolate but this soon dominated by moderate but spicy chilli. Light to medium body. Smooth with a lingering chilli spiciness on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mattress63 (73) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 7, 2015
Can from XO Cellars at Sunshine Beach. Optimistic at first being a lager, as normally my go to beers are hoppy IPAs. This surprised me at first pouring nicely into a tulip glass and looking almost black with a nice cream head. Not unlike a stout at first, with tastes of coffee and burnt toast. Then the chilli kicks in on the back end nicely. Great beer from GP. At 6.7% abv I’m looking to drink more of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawthorne00 (3163) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2015
Can. Black with a light tan head that’s soon less than a coat. Aroma is a little shy, but has plummy chiles, mocha (as much coffee as chocolate), some plastic. Lightish but surprisingly silky texture underneath moderate carbonation. Taste is of chipotles and chocolate, with some edamame (!). Fairly bitter and a little acrid at the end. Didn’t do all that much for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
henryhops (17) - - MAR 8, 2015
One of if not Garage Projects best yet. Full bodied palate with rich chocolate flavours coming through then finishing with a clean bitter after taste. An expensive beer but well worth it!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cantabrian (964) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 6, 2015
In a way, I was dreading this beer. The very herbal aroma on a dark lager base was not that enticing, and the deScription, frightful. But the flavour is quite remarkable. Nice combo of chocolates and molasses, with only a suggestion of herbalness, and of course the chili. This is not any close to an offending spiciness. The beer does have a hot spicy finish, but totally tolerable and quite inviting for a full glass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niksko (540) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 28, 2015
Pours a dark brown-black with a foamy light tan head. Nose is molases, lightly roasted coffee, cocoa, some slightly meaty smoke, a little chilli headiness. Flavor is molases, caramel, coffee on the mid palate, transitioning to quite a spicy chilli finish with a little cocoa, some herbal hop notes. Medium bodied, not particularly heavy or syrupy. There’s a nice lingering heat, though the criticism I have of both this and La Calavera Katrina is that the previous batch was less hot and it was a bit more enjoyable that way. Definitely a unique and delicious beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alberti92 (159) - - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle from cellarbrations super store in hami hill. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. On the nose there is tones of cocoa and vanilla notes with slight spice characters. In the mouth it's fairly light bodied with moderate carbonation that feels even more intense with the spicy chilli on the tongue. Taste is fantastic. Almost has a porter feel to it. Lots of chocolate, slight smoky and a nice kick of chilli to end it all. Loved this

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 2, 2014
Silly of me. I thought I had reviewed this long before now, but it appears that while I had knocked off Double Day of the Dead, this one evaded me. No longer. It seems almost as dark as the can it comes in with a head that looks like a chunk of cream coloured latex foam. There is a lighter shade of dark brown toward the bottom of the glass. The aroma brings out the slightly vegetal agave and suggestions of the chili along with dusty cocoa, but it’s the flavour that is the star of the show. Slight sweet at first then the rewarding cocoa and then chili that builds in piquancy until it sings on your lips in a lengthy finish. A remarkable beer.

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