Tiny Rebel Orange Mocha Frapp Stout

Reviewed by on December 7, 2018 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Tiny Rebel Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Newport, Wales

  • Rated On: December 7, 2018

  • Best Before: October 7, 2019

  • ABV: 7.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Flavoured Stout

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Orange Mocha Frapp Stout is part of the 2018 Craft Beer Advent Calendar (available in most parts of Canada), which is apparently a collaboration-themed affair (half of it, anyway), so this one was produced in conjunction with Fierce Beer out of Scotland.

This 330ml bottle pours a pretty solid black abyss, with the scantest of amber basal edges, and two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly brown head, which leaves some decent pitted limestone wall lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of candied orange peel, milk chocolate, gritty and grainy cereal malt, cafe-au-lait, some mild earthy yeastiness, and very tame leafy, herbal, and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, acrid orange rind, medium dark cocoa powder, stale coffee grounds, cold cream, and more well-understated earthy, musty, and floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly plain in its palate-pleasing frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a touch of random char sort of messing with the ideal at this point in the process.  It finishes off-dry, the cocoa and orange essences presiding.

Overall – yeah, this at times does seem like you’re eating a Terry’s Chocolate Orange with your morning cuppa Joe (’tis the season!), which is all fine and good. Full of flavour, and a worthy entry in this year’s package, IMHO.

Brady White



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