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


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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hop_Hedonist (597) - 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.

esp0r (2921) - NORWAY - JUL 17, 2017
Enjoyed from an awsome designed can
Pours dark, black in glass, thick creamy tanned head. Smell of dark malts, hints of smoke, toast, soil, dark aromas. Moderate sweet, dark malts, toast, a nice kick of chili, ash, vanilla and chocolate. Moderate bitter, soil and chili tail.

Skarecrow (741) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 15, 2017
330ml can Black pour with OK tan head. Dark chocolate/cocoa aroma. Mild bitterness with coffee, dark chocolate notes. Slight vegetable/chilli hint at the end. OK.

Samtzu (441) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 1, 2017
330ml can. Spicy and fruity nose. The spice is mild compared to the other Day of the Dead release from Garage Project making it far more enjoyable.

nickd717 (4680) - 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.

GoufCustom (1999) - 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!

colui72 (1022) - HONG KONG - DEC 16, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2016 I firstly love the concept behind this black lager: El día 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.

Ngejo (979) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - NOV 16, 2016
Tap. Black, frothy, brown foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & long finish.

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.

explosivedog (1177) - 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.

davidezdonz (498) - 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.

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