What do you think of when you hear the word "piccolo"? The Italian word for "small" means different things to different people: to the musically inclined, it’s a small flute; to the Dragonball Z inclined, it’s a green guy in a cape; to the coffee inclined, it’s a small, strong latte that showcases the characteristics of coffee in the way a full-sized latte may not do.
Nomad Brewing’s Piccolo Stout plays on this last use of the word, while also taking the word for its own use – at just 4 percent ABV, it is indeed a small stout. While some of us may be suspicious of low ABV dark beers – as one may initially be suspicious of a child-sized coffee – this small stout is as rich in flavour as its coffee counterpart.
Like a good cup of coffee, this beer stimulates a number of the senses. Visually, it’s a dark beauty with a tight, tan head reminiscent of the crema on a perfect shot of espresso. On the nose, there’s a thick aroma of cold brew coffee from the infusion of whole coffee beans from Belgrave Cartel in Manly. The creamy head leads to smooth velvet on the tongue, boasting more body than might be expected of a low ABV stout thanks to the addition of lactose, which also provides that touch of sweetness. But this isn’t a sickly sweet brew – there’s a delicate interplay between sweetness, bitterness, depth and easy, gentle drinking, with just a touch of acidity in the finish.
Sessionable, smooth, dark, and caffeinated; drink from a beer glass at night, or a coffee mug first thing in the morning.
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