Colour: Deep, dark, divine.
Hops: First Gold.
Grains: Chocolate, crystal, pale malts. Roasted barley. Wheat.
Availability: Limited stock end Feb 18 on draught. Also available in bottle.
Black Swan is a roasted coffee stout that will make your weekends complete. We've been regularly asked to brew a stout, and with the name Black Swan begging to be on a pump clip, that's exactly what we've done.
The grain blend looked lovely to the eye, smelled amazing, and gave a speckled appearance to the "stout loaf" we just had to bake. Chocolate and crystal malts plus roasted barley in the grist created the dark, inviting colour of the stout. It's also these grains that intrinsically give a coffee, chocolate or roasted flavour to a stout. We've enhanced the coffee character with the addition of cold brewed roasted Guatemalan coffee from Method Roastery. Until we met the Method Roastery team we hadn't tried cold brew coffee, but it was exactly the right process for our Black Swan roasted coffee stout.
The bitterness comes from First Gold: Black Swan is a stout that showcases the flavours of the malt, but a relatively small addition of early hops is made in the copper.
We'd recommend enjoying a pint of Black Swan in the Sun in Leintwardine after a walk up to Downton. Or down to Upton.