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Nail Brewing Clout Stout

Tue, 2012-12-11 06:24 -- bob
Nail Brewing Clout Stout

DON'T know what they do over in Western Australia but whatever it is, they seem to come up with fantastic beers.

Being partial to dark and black beers, the boys from Nail Brewing have almost got me packing my bags and relocating after sampling their multi-award-winning Clout Stout.

This strictly limited release - only 600 go on the market at any one time - sent me into raptures and should you ever be fortunate enough to get your hands on a bottle, you'll find out why (especially if you like a real drink).

This is an Imperial Russian stout, much stronger than the normal type because it was originally brewed in England and had to be stronger and richer to survive the journey east.

It has a deep black colour with not a solid head but that's no drawback.

The aroma isn't the roasted malt notes you might expect from stouts but a sweeter, slightly chocolate aroma but still maintains a malt essence.

However it's when you taste this drop that you really appreciate why it has won so many accolades.

It is absolutely jam-packed with flavour and body.

Clout is smooth and rich across the palate and initially you'll pick up slightly sweet malt tastes with hints of chocolate (they use six different malts) but it definitely isn't sickly.

That's because there's unique bitterness that comes through in the aftertaste, which has the dual purpose of providing that bite to draw you back but also leaves you ready for the next mouthful.

In between, you'll appreciate the flavour it leaves in every corner of your mouth.

This is no "girly-man" drop at 10.6 per cent and you can feel the warmth it brings on the way down.

However it is so well-balanced, it doesn't hit you like a "face grenade" and you may find yourself analysing this like a wine expert might do with a fine wine.

I wouldn't even try to suggest what to eat with this as it is almost a meal in itself - yes, it does sit heavy in the gut, but it is a "contented" type of heavy.

Clout Stout may not be for everyone, but for those who enjoy a black beer or stout, this is exceptional.

It is released annually, with each bottle individually numbered and can be put away and stored - if you can resist the temptation.

It's not cheap but quality seldom is.

If you enjoy your stout with clout, these West Australian brewers have certainly hit the nail on the head!

MY TIP

At $75 per 750ml champagne style bottle, this is a rare indulgence (or a great suggestion for Christmas). Get this nice and cold, not chilled but then allow it to breathe for a little while, ideally around 10-12C. For more information or ordering details, visit www.nailbrewing.com.au

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