Of Black’s debut range, one beer has become a fan favourite above all others yet it’s also a beer that’s experience some evolution. Originally released with a higher ABV, Bao Bao has settled in to a more sessionable space although the baby still likes to flex its muscles occasionally in bolder, barrel aged editions as well as an imperial version, Bad Boy Bao Bao.
While the label is bold, the beer itself is calm, welcoming and deftly effective. The lineup of specialty malts is joined by East Kent Goldings hops and a lactose addition there to provide a little sweetness and a rounded mouthfeel. Beginning with milk chocolate, Bao Bao transitions more to caramel as it warms, with a modest dry bitterness weaving throughout the finish.