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


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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   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 (672) - 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.

drjoeng (1466) - SINGAPORE - DEC 25, 2017
6.7%ABV. Lager. Poured out black. 40ºSRM. Nose has lager pale malty aroma. Hint of dark-roasted malt in the nose. Mouthfeel is beery. Palate of pale malt, roasted malts. Dark chocolate and coffee. There are also flavors of vanilla ice cream, clotted cream and butterscotch. Spicy heat at the end. Flavor profile of a thick molé. Finish is spicy heat. Overall a really full-bodied, creamy ride with a nice spicy kick at the end that lingers.

BlackHaddock (7961) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2017
15th Dec 2017, five beers on draft from this brewery at the Stadium Brewing Company, Aliso Viejo, California, I had all five, this being the one I liked the least as I am not a huge 'smokey beer bloke'. Black bodied with a good tanned topping. Light smokey aroma and taste, some vanilla maybe, chocolate notes also within the flavours, didn't get any chili heat though.

mkel07 (6549) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 5, 2017
On tap at Brewski on 4 November 2017. Part of a Garage Project tap takeover. Can't believe that I have not had this beer before today. Dense black colour with a spiced finish. Thinner in the mouth than I was expecting. I would have liked a bit more spiciness.

GarageBrewer80 (714) - SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2017
Burk från SB. Mörk kulör med grå skumkrona. Doft av mörk choklad, rostad chili och rostade toner. Lätt, medium söt och lite brännande munkänsla. Smak av mörk choklad, kavring, salmiak och chipotle.

Singularity (6369) - Blattniksele, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2017
330 ml can at O'Neills. Brown with tan head. Aroma is roasted, cocoa, smoked notes, light chili and coffee. Taste is mild and surprisinly balanced, coffee, smoked notes, light soft chilies, cocoa and roasted notes.

esp0r (2934) - 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 (1054) - 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 (629) - 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 (4999) - 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 (2257) - 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!

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