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

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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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.


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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hop_Hedonist (246) - Perth, - 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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jinroh (341) - ESTONIA - AUG 27, 2014
Rated on June 7th, 2014. Pours black, nice beige foam head. Aroma has a bit of chilli. There is also a note of liquorice and caramel but I wouldn’t say this beer is a lager. Taste is surprisingly spicy and in a relatively good balance. It is spiking the mouth, has some bitter roast and leaves a long-lasting glow, pampering your mouth. Finish is a bit raw. Solid brew, incredible what can be done with a lager type of beer.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Andrus86 (22) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - JUL 24, 2014
BOTTLE. Shared with RW, got a burnt cocoa aroma & poured a motor oil black with a small light tan head. Taste was heavy coffee upfront but a nice spicy/chilli after taste than lingered for some time, with a nice medium lager feel in the mouth... Sourced from Pourhouse Dunsborough

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer-yum (456) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 12, 2014
A crisp clean black beer with a subdued bitter chilli finish that gets better as it warms up. Another winner from the folks at Garage Project - only wish it was more readily available (even locally).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3147) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 7, 2014
Very dark brown color. Nice frothy light brown head. Chilli spice, dark chocolate (I guess cocoa nibs)z the nought is med with lots of cocoa nibs, and the chilli hits the back of your throat. Decent body. Can’t get much of the agave, which is probably a good thing. Slightly boozy finish. Drinks a bit higher alcohol than what it is. Very enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2290) - JAPAN - JUN 7, 2014
Chocolate, great hint of chilli, smooth body. A bit thin, wonder why you need to age such a beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ShaneJ (499) - AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2014
Bottle from Slowbeer (Nov 2013). Dark brown almost black, minimal tan head, subtle smoke/spice aroma, chilli very subtle as well, but there in the background, chocolate, toast, spicy hops, silky smooth texture, long bitter finish with some lasting heat. Really nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3219) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (3070) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bgb1991 (112) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ComradeK (1010) - 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.


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