Moon Under Water: Shatterbier (Golden Ale with Coffee)
This received a limited run of 1500 bottles and given how long I let this sit I can’t imagine that there are any bottles left for sale, but given that it’s an ambitious pitch by a still new name (at least on the mainland), I thought this was worth a review even at this late date.
Nose is nice and yeasty like a golden should be, coffee is very mild. Head has just a hint of offwhite colour, and, as can be seen, I borked the pour.
Hmm! That’s pretty freaking tasty! A creamier than usual golden flavour, with the coffee just enriching things the tiniest bit. I was skeptical about this (as far as European styles go MUW aced the weizenbock but flubbed the dunkel), but it’s turning out quite okay.
The finish is superb, probably better than the mouth, with a lively and sparkling mix of hops and malt with the coffee taking on toffee notes in the back of the mouth.
Pairing: Ashbury Heights, “Take Cair Paramour”. A rich, heady, and almost heavenly swirl of decadence from relative newcomers.