Brewery: Two Okes
Country: South Africa
I’m a stout girl through and through; it was the first style of non-lager beer that I really enjoyed. I admire how rich and complex a stout can be and how luxurious it sometimes feels to drink (a good) one.
In our April #tastingleague mixed case, came the revered Two Okes stout. Now I love Two Okes beer – especially their Pilsner (also, their African Pale ale… review coming soon). They recently won an award at SA on Tap for their stout, and while I’d probably tried it on tap a few times, it had only ever been samples.
Hennie, the main oke from Two Okes has a really unusual approach to brewing (like making up recipes on Excel, and going straight into big batch brewing) and he breaks many conventions (he fermented & conditioned a Chocolate stout in 4 days… seriously. And it was delicious!) while sticking to favourite styles.
So upon pouring the stout, it looked perfect. It has a wonderfully rich aroma, full of chocolate and coffee. Typical, but always a good sign.
In terms of taste, I feel like it could have a slightly fuller body. It’s medium bodied (which is on point) but just for my tastes, I prefer a fuller bodied stout. The flavours are great. No off flavours, no sourness. But I did detect a slight tartness at the end which was a little unusual for me. Not the end of the world.
All in all, I want some more 🙂 It’s getting really chilly in Jozi and there’s nothing better than a coffee-laden stout to warm you up. #cheers!