Garage Project Day Of The Dead

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


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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
Lager, but not as we know it. Garage Projects 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (4598) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 28, 2017
Bomber. Brown in color with a small tan head. Aroma is roast, cocoa, smoky chipotle, tequila. Flavor is mildly sweet with a medium coffee bitterness and significant smoke. Cocoa and chipotle but almost no chili heat. Medium-bodied with medium-low carbonation. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoufCustom (1946) - HONG KONG - APR 23, 2017

330 ml can bought at IC Beer in Kwun Tong.

Looks:Clear deep Burgundy brown colour; One finger head with soapy beige foam which lasts for 1 minute; Very good sticky lacing with near zero carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant and sweet dark malt, with fair roastyness, caramel, toffee, corn, vanilla, red chili, chocolate, cream, light coffee, sugar, light spices, bread, lemon and light grass.

Taste: Close to strong sweet dark malt, with moderate chili, caramel, strong toffee, strong dark chocolate, light floral, candi sugar, herbs, lemon, mid to strong bitter hops and sharp grass.

Body: Mid to full body. Quite thick and slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Full Belgian dark maltyness in thick and smooth background. Taste of sliced chili - fleshy with a bit of heat - lingers all the way. Strong toffee and caramel with notable dark chocolates. Strong but nice candi sugar matched by notable herbal hops. Lemon to round. Lovely!

Hoppiness: Light spices, lemon and light grass in nose. Light floral, herbs, lemon and sharp grass in taste; Bitterness is fairly strong for a lasting, medium astringent sweet-bitter malty finish; After Taste: Fairly dry. Sweet, spicy and herbal bitter to mouth.

Comments: This one has very solid, and tasty Belgian Dark Ale base which win me over easily. Rich and smooth, the various add-ons of chili, vanilla, coca and agave were never overwhelming yet they gave out subtle flavors when it matters. Charming and fulfilling, recommended!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
colui72 (939) - HONG KONG - DEC 16, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2016 I firstly love the concept behind this black lager: El da de muertos, the Mexican Halloween, in an all Mexican spiced beer: they put in Chipotle chilies, cocoa nibs, agave syrup and vanilla. Coming to the beer, it pours black, with a visible carbonation, and a small tan head. Aroma is chili and roasted dark malts. Taste gets a weird but nice sweetness (maybe the agave syrup?), roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla, and chili, that warms up later. Thin body, right carbonation. Very nice and different.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ngejo (979) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - NOV 16, 2016
Tap. Black, frothy, brown foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoponmate (309) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 22, 2016
330 can. Less spicy than its blonde cousin. Toasted vanilla flavors with only a hint of spice. A little thin on the pallette but very tasted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
explosivedog (912) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 22, 2016
330ml can. Pours black with a cola translucency. Aroma is mostly toast. Flavour is schwarzbier with some extra chocolate stuff and a touch of chilli.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
davidezdonz (466) - 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 (5625) - 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 (2972) - 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 (613) - Mora, 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. Didnt like it.

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