Total Score: 8.15/10
Sex, Drugs & Rocky Road: Looks like Santa Kenrick got my Christmas wish! Made the only way jolly Saint Kenrick thought possible – with all the actual ingredients of a Daryll Lea Rocky Road, aka: Peanuts, Chocolate, Vanilla, Rose-water & Cherries. Yep! This is going to be one damn tasty brew. Whilst I will be enjoying this I will also be thinking of my dentist, who has by now put his kids through college with the many and frequent dental procedures I have been through over the years… I can only conclude from this that the dental and sugar industries are actually in cahoots. Sugar decay for thought there.
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Deep brown and as opaque as the bottle it came in with its body. Head practically non-existent with a thin tan ring in the glass. It is 8.2% ABV so no head is pretty normal here. Looks fairly ominous, and that’s how I like my dark beers! 8/10.
S: Cherries straight up on the nose, followed by notes of: Peanut, milk chocolate, vanilla and caramel. Hints of rose water linger in the background, moreishly… like a sheep. The aroma doesn’t even come close to how overbearing Ferrari Rocher was, and I suspect this means that its more balanced in the flavour profile, though I stand ready to be proven wrong soon. 8/10.
T: Definitely more subtle in sweetness than the Ferrari. Various flavours vying for my taste attention: Peanut, milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel, cherry and rose water (the Turkish Delight influence). It manages quite hard not to become a discordant mess, and somewhat achieves this. Though in being such a cacophony of flavours it misses the mark on being like a Daryll Lea Rocky Road, because as one would know from eating this that it’s mostly chocolate with a brief interlude of one of the above flavours. In this respect it is truly impossible to replicate a Daryll Lea Rocky Road in a liquid. However as a whole the flavours do work. 9/10.
M: Mid to light bodied with an almost flat carbonation. I reckon Mr. Kenrick is using the same base beers for his dessert beers – they all have lacklustre body. 7/10.
D: The sourness of the cherry comes through as it warms. Overall not a Snickers killer but still tasty, though again: body issues. TBH as noted above in the ‘T’ section this brew was doomed from the start because in a liquid all the flavours mix as one, whereas a Rocky Road is great because of the flavour separation. I did still enjoy this in any case.7/10.
Food match: Daryll Lea Rocky Road, if only to see what I’m talking about.