To answer the obvious question – yes, this beer does taste like lamingtons.
And to go onto the likely follow-up question – no, the brewers haven’t chucked a load of lamingtons in the beer.
While brewers do have a history of putting all sorts of things in a beer, when it comes to making a brew taste like a sort of food they tend not to put that thing into the beer.
What they do instead is use some of the raw ingredients of the food.
So here, the Quiet Deeds brewers have thrown in toasted coconut and used chocolate malts together to get the taste of the iconic Australian lamington.
And it really does do what it says on the bottle. Sure, the phrase “lamington ale” could influence your perception but I reckon if you tasted it without seeing the label you’d still pick the lamington flavour right off the bat.
It’s that distinctive. And it’s really good.
It’s not going to be the sort of thing you slam down after mowing the lawn or doing some other physical labour; but only a crazy person would treat a dark beer that way.
It’s meant to be sipped on a cool winter’s night where the focus is on enjoyment rather than quenching a thirst.
Glen Humphries is an award-winning beer writer and author of The Slab.