Weird Beard are one of my favourite breweries and they’re no strangers to doing things that are little bit unusual – which shouldn’t be unexpected give their name – so when I saw that they’re made a dark milk stout that was only a mere 2.5% ABV, I was intrigued. Would the lower percentage mean that the flavour and body you would expect of a stout has been sacrificed? Just from the pour you can tell it has a lighter body and head than your usual stout, so is Weird Beard’s decision to make this a low alcohol beer to it’s detriment?
The answer is, most definitely, no. Despite it’s low percentage, Dark Hopfler is a lovely beer which has everything you’d expect from a stout with extra notes of an almost fruity sweetness – which also follows through in the aroma – but also has the dark chocolatey, coffee hits that you know and love from a stout. But thanks to the low ABV it’s an exceptionally light and easy to drink beer, which is an unusual thing to say about a stout which tend to be a bit darker and heavier. This is most definitely an advantage if you’re looking for a beer that you can session throughout the day but you don’t want a, say a pale ale or an IPA.
While this isn’t going to be the best stout you’ve ever going to drink, it is certainly a very nice beer which you could easily sit and drink for an afternoon and not feel bloated or full. So if you’re after a low alcohol beer that doesn’t skimp on the flavour, then Dark Hopfler is an excellent choice.
A very nice milk stout which is easy to drink. Recommended if you’re after a low alcohol, sessionable beer which is a break from the norm.