Lost Palms First Time Caller & Long Time Listener

Style
Imperial Stout & Imperial Pastry Stout
ABV
10.5% & 9.5% ABV

Last winter, Lost Palms released two imperial stouts: a straight stout and one with flavour additions. As we head into winter, they've got a similar dual release of imperial stouts with First Time Caller and Long Time Listener. And just as I found in last year’s beers, the altered one takes the already lovely base stout and then is surprisingly greater than the sum of its parts.

First Time Caller is a beer that asserts its presence. Right from the pour its dark brown foam commands respect, even if it doesn’t hang around for too long. A smooth coffee liqueur character runs through the centre of FTC, with just enough roast bitterness to keep its charisma from being overly slick, and there’s a real gravitas in the finish – a note of rich soil, or damp forest floor, or unlit cigar – that keeps everything grounded.

When I first tasted Long Time Listener, I knew it was a pastry stout, and knew nothing else about it. So I let the flavours just wash over me to see what I noticed. I got a measured coconut sweetness and a thread of boozy kirsch-like cherry, all wrapped up in dark chocolate goodness. Confident of my Cherry Ripe findings, I looked into what had been added to this stout and was told there’s lactose, cacao nibs, a bunch of lightly toasted coconut, and plenty of vanilla bean… and no cherry.

Considering last year I tasted Allen’s Strawberries & Cream in one of last year's beers (when there was no strawberry) and this year I’m tasting cherry in Long Time Listener, I can’t help but wonder if the vanilla beans used were particularly fruity.

Lost Palms, who is your vanilla dealer??

Mick Wüst

Published May 19, 2023

Name
Lost Palms Brewing
Address

11 Oak Avenue
Miami
QLD 4220

Open Hours

Thursday: 4pm to 8pm
Friday: midday to 9pm
Saturday: midday to 10pm
Sunday: midday to 6pm

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