Cereal Milk Stout Nitro | 4.7% abv | 335ml can
Fresh off the back of winning Champion NZ Brewery for 2017 at the Brewers Guild of NZ Awards, I thought I would check out a new release of an old Garage Project Beer.
Garage Project’s Cereal Milk Stout is now available in Nitrogen infused cans. What is smoother than Cereal Milk Stout, Garage Project ask on Social Media? Well the answer to that is Nitro Cereal Milk Stout.
Nitrogen creates smaller, smoother bubbles in the beer when compared with traditional carbon dioxide. It is largely insoluble in liquid, resulting in a creamy, silky smooth mouthfeel complimenting the Milk Stout style. If you’ve ever had a Guinness on Tap, you will know what I am talking about.
Now there is a special way to pour this Beer also, to make the most of the Nitrogen. Garage Project even have a video on their Facebook page instructing the drinker on how to pour the beer. In short, you need to “gently shake the can three times, crack the can open and then pour aggressively directly into the glass”. You are then advised to sit back and “enjoy the cascade of beautiful nitrogen bubbles. Don’t rush this, it is worth the wait”.
Garage Project’s Cereal Milk Stout is also brewed with Corn Flakes, Oats and Milk Sugar (Lactose) making this the perfect Beer to start your day!
After I have followed Garage Project’s directions on pouring their Cereal Milk Stout, I sat back and watched the fine Nitrogen bubbles move throughout the glass. The beer turns from a pale brown frothy look due to the ‘rising’ effect of the nitrogen bubbles, settling out into a nice Black body, with a thick, creamy off-white Head that lasts and lasts.
For the experience and the theatre of the pour alone, I give this Beer an A+
Aromas are predominantly Milk Chocolate along with a Sweet Stout-like aroma. There is a light roasty note there, however the sweetness of the Chocolate, Lactose and Cereal are forefront. There are some nice subtleties about the aroma of this Beer.
The first thing I notice when I drink Nitro Cereal Milk Stout, is the amazing mouthfeel. The nitrogen makes this beer smoother than silk. Taste follows along the same road as the aroma, with lovely Chocolate flavours. There are some mild roasted notes, along with a low bitterness. One point that I did note, was that the last third of the glass appears quite flat, which will be due to the Nitrogen and perceived low carbonation.
This is a Stout that will appeal to the non-Stout drinkers.
Final Review: 4/5