Little Creatures Return Of The Dread

Total Score: 7.1/10 Chocolate1 Vanilla1 Smoke1 Nonicpint1

Hasn’t it been a while since Little Creatures brought out something new? They must have a sore bum from resting on their laurels all that time. Anyway it’s here. It has happened. Little Creatures have brought out something new. They’ve blown the cobwebs off their fermenters and have produced a Domestic Extra Stout, aka We Don’t Know What To Call This Beer. Needless to say I have been a perpetrator of hyperbole when it comes to reviewing Little Creatures beers, BUT that is only because they introduced my young growing palate to American Pale Ales. Since then I’ve moved on to IPAs, Quads & Eisbocks and the gloves are off now Little Creatures.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Black body; the obsidian variety, “like my heart” as one might say if they were an ivory dealer named Blackheart with a 1cm caramel brown cappuccino foam head that reduces to a micro-thin film. It wins points for being oppressively dark. 9/10.

S: On the dark fruit side of Stouts with (you guessed it) heady notes of prune and plum, dark cherry, ripe unroasted coffee bean and vanilla. Not bad at all, a hint of some floral lavender notes come through as well after a second sniff. 7/10.

T: Flavour does a bit of a 180 on your tongue… well maybe not a 180, more like a 90, with milk chocolate and cacao nibs, the vanilla noted above and a smoky roasted note. It’s a bit bland given the 7.2% ABV, which is where I believe most people will be let down as Little Creatures tend to extract a lot of flavour from their 5.2% Pale Ale and of course Rogers. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a thin but dense carbonation. 7/10.

D: Well there you go – a review from me about a Little Creatures beer that isn’t spilling over with superlative remarks… bet you never thought you would live to see the day. Well you have now – frame this review on the wall because this Little Creatures brew is a big steaming pile of average! Well if you call a 7/10 average, which appears to be my average score, what can I say – I’m generous and I possibly need to reassess my entire scoring system… another chore for another day. Overall I would say that Little Creatures haven’t exactly missed the mark with this Domestic Extra Stout, they’ve simply put up a beer that isn’t pushing any boundaries or redefining styles, which you would imagine Little Creatures are perfectly capable of doing that now that they have a massive marque… I guess I’m disappointed with their seeming acceptance of mediocrity. 7/10.

Food match: Some sort of rich venison stew methinks.