I’ve already reviewed a Coffee-based beer from Weird Beard earlier this week and, while perfectly drinkable, didn’t really set my beer-drinking world on fire. But that was a very unusual Coffee Sour Beer and, this time, we’re going for a more tried and true formula of the Coffee Milk Stout in the shape of Weird Beard’s, aptly-named Piratesque Black Perle.
Black Perle, unlike Sawa Sawa, delivers on pretty much all levels. It pours as a lovely dark, almost black, beer which is slightly carbonated with no head as you’d pretty much expect from a stout. But it’s in the aroma and, more importantly, the taste where Black Perle really starts to come into it’s own. The nose is lovely hits of roast coffee beans, cocoa and cream as if you were being brought your morning coffee, except instead of a caffeinated cuppa you’ve got a mouth-watering beer. These aromas set the tone for that first taste which delivers bags of flavour – first hitting you with tons of roasted coffee beanss and dark chocolate, which transforms into a sweetness that reminds me of drinking a coffee which has had a generous helping of cream and sugar. The beer is smooth and creamy and finishes off with that bitterness you would expect to find in a coffee-based beverage.
All in all, Black Perle is a top-notch coffee milk stout and definitely one of the best I’ve had. At a mere 3.8% it’s extremely easy to drink and, thanks to the balance of bitter and sweet, you could quite happily sink a few of these of an evening. Definitely recommended.
A top notch, easy-drinking coffee milk stout packed with bags of flavour. Highly Recommended.