Through the use of cocoa and milk sugar, this Beatnik Fudge stout is a divine, silk, dark beer. Velvety mouthfeel, chocolate milkshake-like, smooth and soft. There is little to no bitterness to speak of, but it is not overly sweet which is nice. Underneath you get the roasted malts, smokey flavours and much more. A well-crafted beer that is both complex and easy to enjoy. Well done Hargreaves Hill, the Beatnik Fudge Stout is a real winner.
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Simon was a classical pianist, his wife Beth an and opera singer. With a melting pot of creativity and talent it one form of art, it spilled over into a more noble art: Brewing. I’m old enough to remember when Hargreaves Hill started too. From the first, their Pale was a cut above the bland norm. When they made a Porter/Brown Ale loosely based on my suggestion, it was love. Since 2004 they’ve been through many challenges, but they’ve evolved and thrived. Still, their beers are a cut above the bland norm. At the same time, they provide drinkable beers.
Stouts were actually a style that was descriptive. You had Stout Porters which had more weight, and often alcohol. Porter being the main style of beer before pale malts allowed for pale beer. Stouts are often quite bitter, with lots of roasted and dark malts to give them the distinctive colour, weight and flavours.