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


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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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 (469) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
davidezdonz (312) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - SEP 14, 2016
A 330ml can with a best before date of 24th September 2016 and poured into a Mikkeller pint glass. It poured a dark dark brown colour with a just over one finger tanned head that dissipated fairly quickly but settles to an extremely thin layer and left only sparse lacing. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, corn and a touch of chili. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, cocoa, a touch of vanilla and light chili heat. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation with light tingly spice. Overall Day of the Dead was sold as a pack with La Calavera Catrina which was also a spicy beer. However, while I did not enjoy La Calavera Catrina much, Day of the Dead was much better. The spice in Day of the Dead was there, but more restrained such that it did not take over the beer. Not great, but not bad either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Inbreak (4516) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 30, 2016
30.07.2016, 0,33l can @ local tasting:
Small shortlasting head. Aroma is slightly dry roasted, dark malts, minerals, grass, grain, weeds, toast, chocolate, caramel, burnt chili. Taste is slightly dry roasted, weeds, roasted grain, minerals, paper, burnt caramel, hay, hints of chili. Medium bitterness, slightly dry mineraly mouthfeel. Fair enough, kind of strange.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TEJA (2420) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2016
Can from Systembolaget, Sweden .Short but big brown head. Spicy aroma. A bit hot and spicy burn aafter a while. Still a smooth chocolate teaste. Bitterness ?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
OminouSC2 (447) - SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2016
Dark brown/black color. Chocolate malt aroma with some spices. Taste has some chocolate but the chili just takes over and builds up and burns down the throat the more you drink. Didn’t like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (2973) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
craftbeersweden (572) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikeyo1 (673) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arve_Christian (4797) - 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

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Cool_Bond (2320) - 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.

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