Friday, 3 February 2012

Brew Brunswick-Picaroons Dark and Stormy Night

Another excellent Northampton Brewing Co. production, the Picaroons Dark and Stormy Night is the New Brunswick brewery's take on the a dunkel weiss.  This dark wheat beer is sold in 500mL bottles and contains 4.8% alcohol.
It is a relatively clear brew with a deep, dark, gloomy colour--shadowy brown with amber highlights--topped by a half inch of tan head.  A Dark and Stormy drinker is confronted with a malty aroma featuring licorice notes.  The brew has a sweet, malty flavour.  It's slightly toasty, but quite mellow for a brew with such a dark hue.

According to the label, this brew is a hybrid between a German dunkel and an English ale.  This is a very cool idea, and one that is nicely executed.  I'd prefer a bit more bitterness, but this is a really minor critique of an excellent brew.  It is very drinkable and highly enjoyable.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

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