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


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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.77/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.

Hop_Hedonist's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hop_Hedonist (273) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niksko (386) - 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 (60) - - 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 (1822) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Imaril (38) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 30, 2014
Slight char with rich velvety chocolate malt then pow, the chilli hits in the middle if the palate, followed by the bitter coffee hops combo, while the chilli lingers. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jinroh (494) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Andrus86 (83) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (655) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 12, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 31, 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).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3466) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JUN 7, 2014
Chocolate, great hint of chilli, smooth body. A bit thin, wonder why you need to age such a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ShaneJ (611) - 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.

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