While I am assuming most of my readers (all 1.5 of you) are living in the new world I am spitefully writing about a beer you will likely not be able to touch without taking a 9 hour flight. I am doing so because i got to drink it and quite frankly its fucking awesome. Harvey’s Prince of Denmark has won the best Stout Trophy in 2009 and gold metals in 2009 & 10 at the international beer challenge (I know this because the bottle told me). Despite these apparently label worthy accolades i can’t speak to the importance of the awards or their level respectability (screw it i googled it for you: international beer challenge). I can say as I did but four lines above its fucking awesome. Now keep in mind taste is subjective, but this beer speaks to me (like post-hardcore music, so if you don’t like that maybe i’m not the blog for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=993hs8m1J40 . It is my opinion close to the perfect strong stout. From the picture you can see it pours dark with a light-but-beautiful toffee head. Creme Brûlée wofts to my nose, with the first sip you are treated to a sweet roastiness reminiscent of the burt sugar taste of top of the aforementioned creme brûlée. caramelized sugars rest on your tongue and linger for a while until only the roastiness remains and you (or more accurately I) take another sip. 7.5% abv, i just blasted another stout for sitting around 5.5% and i will laud this one for being 7.5% why? Well to me (feel free to disagree) a simple stout has no business being above 5%. You see we get dark beers from dark malts, but dark malts have less available fermentable sugars than their less roasted brethren and despite dark malts only making up a small part of a grain bill that does have an effect. Thus to get a high ABV stout or porter you have to make an effort, which also means rebalancing of the grain bill. In some cases this makes sense. Whereas the Prince of Denmark makes use of sweet and roasty tastes making it the perfect desert beer, one that tucks you in at night, The Hoyne espresso stout is intended to get your taste buds “buzzing”(that’s onomatopoeia). If you want to get peoples mouths buzzing how does the extra alcohol help? In contrast to the espresso stout which has big flavour, Prince of Denmark has complex flavour one that lends itself to sipping and tasting, the high ABV is apart of that and feels at home. In conclusion I like this beer and you probably can’t get it.
Harvey’s Prince Of Denmark- 4.5/5