Six Point Brewery Bengali (NY, USA) 355ml $4.80
Six Point Bengali appeals for it glowing golden colour, dense, white head and inviting citrusy, hoppy aroma. The syrupy rich, 6.5-per-cent-alcohol palate provides the body and malt sweetness to arm-wrestle the extraordinary thrust and bitterness of the hops which, in the end, win the struggle to give a powerful and bitter but fresh finish.
Fuller’s Past Masters 1910 Double Stout (London, UK) 500ml $12
Fuller’s claim to brew this dark and brooding 7.4-per-cent alcohol stout from a hand-written recipe of 1910. The palate combines intense roasted-malt flavours reminiscent of dark chocolate and espresso coffee. Malt sweetness offsets the espresso-like bitterness, derived from both the roasted grain and hops.
Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2016
First published 15 June 2016 in the Canberra Times