When it came time to brewing something big and dark, Tempest had just one thing on their mind: cake.
A beer that tasted like a delicious, delectable chocolate cake… how about a Mexican chocolate cake?
Imagine taking a rich, boozy imperial stout, and then infusing it with fresh vanilla beans, high-quality cocoa, Ceylon cinnamon, Chipotle chillies, and Mulato chillies.
Blend it all together, and what you get is a complex and delicious beer with a rich, full mouthfeel, a touch of sweetness the vanilla, ground spice aroma the cinnamon, a touch of fruitiness the Mulato, and a little heat and smoke in the finish the Chipotle.
Made with Brazilian coffee beans for an espresso-kick aroma, but with silky chocolate and red fruit notes to create a balanced and very drinkable Porter.
Look: The beer pours jet black with a lovely coffee coloured head.
Aroma: Red Eye Flight is made with Brazilian coffee beans and that’s exactly what you get along with a little caramel and cocoa.
Taste: Again full of coffee, but with a velvety chocolate finish and just a hint of forest fruits.
Verdict: Just the right level of bitterness the hops makes this an exceptionally well balanced and drinkable Porter. Never a bad beer Tempest.
Only slight saltiness two hundred fresh Lindisfarne oysters is backed up by amazing depth of flavour including paprika, Tabasco, roasted malt and molasses.
Look: The beer pours jet black in the glass with a small beige head.
Aroma: Rich roasted malt, cocoa and molasses and a breeze of fresh air.
Taste: You get a thick smooth mouthfeel with soft carbonation, huge depth of flavour the roasted malt, some chocolate and then at the end a slight saltiness the oysters (but that’s as far as the fishiness goes).
Food Pairing: The beer is made with Oysters, and is made to be drunk with Oysters. Just make sure you do all your shucking before you start on the drinking.
Verdict: Prepare yourself for a shucking treat; it drinks so smoothly you’ll need to keep reminding yourself of the alcohol content. More genius brewing the team at Tempest.
Bittersweet orange combines beautifully with the spiciness of rye, plus Amarillo and Waimean hops, for a cracking dry-hopped and fruity breakfast beer.
Look: The beer pours a lovely hazy, coppery orange colour with a small white head.
Aroma: Orange zest, tropical fruit and cinnamon spice
Taste: Big flavours of bitter orange marmalade with the spiciness of rye and ginger against a caramel malt body. Totally delicious and a lot stronger than the minimal alcohol warmth portrays.
Food pairing: All this talk of marmalade and we can’t help thinking of hot buttered toast. Prefer a bit more cooking? The bitter orange and spice will also work well with bread and butter pudding.
A pitch-black pour moves through a blackberry and dark chocolate aroma to a fig taste and a summery pine finish – this beer isn’t dark at all; it’s a rainbow.
Look: This beer lives up to its name: it pours pitch black in the glass with a thin beige head.dark chocolate
Aroma: Intense pine with some grapefruit and some berries those Mosaic, Columbus and Simcoe hops.
Taste: Full bodied and comple, the taste is malt, coffee and before the fruit comes through with blackberry and fig plus a big resinous finish the hops.
Food Pairing: Black IPAs are versatile when it comes to pairing with food; try pairing this with a charcoal grilled steak and salty triple cooked chips.
Verdict: A quite brilliant example of a beer in this style. We want to live in the dark, too.