Shelter Brewing Bonfire Stout

Style
Barrel-Aged Stout
ABV
6.1%

A reboot of last year's Campfire Stout, Bonfire sees Shelter's brewers deliver a slightly amped-up version of the same solid base beer as winter 2022 approaches. Although the alcohol is a mere 0.2 percent ABV higher than last year, the addition of some barrel influence has morphed this roasty stout into something new.

With a small portion aged for a month in wine barrels, Bonfire offers up a familiar roast aroma with a touch of minerality, bitter cocoa and a touch of drying wine character. Look a little deeper and dark chocolate, plus a touch of smooth smoke, also make an appearance.

On tasting, a toasty, bitter profile features upfront with a moderate body, bitter dark chocolate, and bold espresso. Some malt-derived astringency lingers but is softened by a touch of sweetness, vanilla and dusty cocoa. The small portion that was barrel-aged and re-blended, adds a touch of complexity, woody tannin and some sweet vanillin character, softening this otherwise roast and smoke heavy beer.

It may be a reboot on last year's stout, yet this version is certainly in a new realm: an unashamedly slightly brash, roasty stout prepped for winter warming.

Jono Outred

Published May 16, 2022

Name
Shelter Brewing
Address

17 Foreshore Parade
Busselton
WA 6280

Phone
(08) 9754 4444
Open Hours

Sun to Thurs: 10am to 10pm
Fri & Sat: 10am to midnight

Tours

11am and 2pm

GABS World Record B
WA Beer & Brewing Conference 2024 1

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