Mismatch Chocolate Stout

Total Score: 6.5/10 Chocolate1Smoke1Coffee1Nonicpint1

Another Mismatch? Seems like they only just bought out their Evil Archie’s Red IPA and that was rather tasty… their tastiest brew so far IMO. This one is a Chocolate Stout as well… doesn’t say if it’s got actual chocolate or just Chocolate malt, I’m going to assume the latter. What is Chocolate malt you ask? It’s a roasted barley malt that gives off chocolate/cocoa flavours when added to the beer wort. Interestingly Chocolate malt (like other roasted malts) contain no enzymes, which means they have no diastatic power and ergo the sugars don’t ferment so another malt needs to be used as a base malt such as: Stout malt or Pale malt. This fact is brought to you by Wikipedia – the most reliable font of knowledge on Earth.

Poured from a 375ml can into a nonic pint.

A: Deep brown/cola, almost opaque black, body with a nice 1 centimetre tan cappuccino foam head that slowly drops back leaving some OK lace on the side of the glass. Decent head, shows off a good amount of proteins in the lace, should be alright this. 8/10.

S: Roasted notes, dark chocolate, hint of espresso coffee, pretty standard really [Dr. Evil voice]. Smells a bit watery and thin though [oh no!]. Other than that it’s an average/typical Chocolate Stout aroma, nothing mind-blowing, sorry Mismatch. 6/10.

T: Commonplace Stout: Confirmed. The right flavours are all there: Roasted notes, dark chocolate, espresso coffee, touch of smoke, medium espresso bitterness in the finish… but it is what it is without being amazing or bringing anything new to the table. Still there’s nothing wrong with being typical, following the style guidelines accurately, it just makes for a 6/10 beer, whereas if Mismatch had given this a bit more balance and complexity it would push it to the next level. 6/10.

M: Not as watery as the aroma suggested – mid to light, borderline medium, bodied with a light but dense carbonation. Not bad at all – the 5.6% ABV gives this the body it needs. 8/10.

D: Bit of a mixed bag – overall this is a good Stout, nonetheless it’s a bit ordinary (like several of Mismatch’s brews, Evil Archie’s is definitely a standout brew). The good news is: They have all the fundamentals down, they just need to push the envelope a little. In the case of Chocolate Stout: Better sweet/bitter balance, more complexity in the flavour. The groundwork is there though. PS: Nitro this. 7/10.

Food match: Steak and Guinness pie would go a treat here.

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