St Andrews Beach Brewery Barrier Trial No.2: The Duke

Style
Stout
ABV
5.8%

Now, I'll confess I'm not much of an expert when it comes to the nags. I do recall always asking Dad to put a couple of quid on Corbiere in the Grand National back in the 80s (but only after it had won its single trophy), went to a meet at Clonmel while on holiday in the south of Ireland once at which my clearest memory is having a bird crap on me, and had a great day at Flemington with Mum last time she was over on which we managed to come out ahead. But I'm not sure that even counts as a passing interest.

So, I can't tell you which racehorse called The Duke lends his name to the second Barrier Trials release from St Andrews Beach Brewery, but given he's been given a fancy embossed label and a gold crown, let's assume he's a good 'un. The beer he's adorning is a stout and it's one with its sights set firmly down the middle of the track. Based around flavours and aromas that sit somewhere between dark and milk chocolate, topped with a dusting of finely crushed coffee beans. It's medium-bodied and soft on the palate thanks to rolled oats with a low bitterness that keeps it as snuggly as a woollen blanket draped over the thoroughbreds through the Mornington Peninsula's chilly winters.

Traditionally English in style, neither dry nor overly sweet, but a well-judged display of darker malts.

James Smith

Published September 4, 2020

Name
St Andrews Beach Brewery
Address

160 Sandy Road
Fingal
VIC 3939

Open Hours

Open Daily 11am to 7pm

WA Beer & Brewing Conference 2024 2
Indies 2024 B

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