Super Bock Stout
This beer is one of the three popular beers in Portugal; Super Bock is at par with Sagres and Coral in terms of popularity. While the Super Bock Original is the more popular pale lager, we came across Super Bock Stout. Considering, stouts of any kind are in short supply in India this was a happy surprise.
The beer was introduced in 2003 in Portugal. Even though it is a stout it does not have the strength one associates with the ale. The ale also has lower ABV, 5%, compared to other stouts where ABV hovers around 7-8% Having said that, the stout is definitely well structured with a clean nose and palate. Super Bock Stout uses pale malt, caramel malt and chocolate malt.
Nose: Honey and caramel are key notes which come across on the nose. There are very faint notes of chocolate and hops.
Palate: A rich beer with surprisingly mellow hops. The palate has a lot of fruits, honey and some chocolate notes as well but almost negligible toasty notes which are synonymous to a stout.
Super Bock Stout does not follow the text book definition of a stout and beer aficionados may find it underwhelming. Even we expected more from it, but we still did enjoy it. The beer is not available in Mumbai yet and if you really want to try it, head to Goa where it retails for Rs 100.