24 May 2022

CRAFT BEER REVIEW: I really Hope you get a chance to taste this smashing Dublin stout

CRAFT BEER REVIEW: I really Hope you get a chance to taste this smashing Dublin stout

Hope Brewery on Dublin's northside produce great beers like this Emmer stout - and the labels are always excellent too

HOPE Brewery at Howth Junction, Dublin produce seasonal small batch crafted brews the whole year round and the label on this beer for review really caught my eye, specifically the dad-bod which I can relate to very much!

As with all Hope beers the labels are both fun and informative yet manage to retain the distinguishing features of the brand theme.

I've always thought Hope's beer labels are some of the best there are and their range can be easily picked up in off licences and Dunnes Stores, making them very accessible too.

I chose this week's beer for review very purposefully as I really wanted to nail the exact style of beer that I think is representative of the time of year but as well as this I was determined to move away from the larger abv beers that I've been sampling recently. 

Emmer stout is 5% and is described as a well balanced stout with firm bitterness, roasted grains, coffee, chocolate and a citrus finish so I'm keen to see if this is what I get when I taste it. That's a lot to pack in a beer. Time to crack it open.

Jet black and with a very thick rocky head of cappuccino-like foam, the beer looks great in the glass. There's a distinctly earthy, mineral nose to it and roasty coffee notes too.

The first sip is heavenly, roasty, toasty and malted grain goodness. This a real meaty stout with bold assertive flavours.

Coffee and chocolate lead the way, supported nicely with a moderate bitterness and that touch of citrus finish.

What I'm really liking about Emmer stout is the strong roasty malt backbone that shows off just how much of a contribution malt can add to a beer when it's unfiltered and using the best quality ingredients.

The citrus hops add a touch of juicy finish to the beer that compliments the overall profile. Hope suggest pairing the beer with either cheese or seafood chowder which sounds about right.

A fantastic stout, perfect for the time of year.

Craft beer reviewer Brendan Sewell is a Tullamore-based chef, award winning brewer, founder member of the Midlands Beer Club and creator of the Views on Brews YouTube channel.

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