Titanic Brewery Chocolate & Vanilla Stout (4.5%)

I first had this beer at the Shrewsbury Beer Festival in 2011 and it was, quite simply, a brilliant beer full of deep rich chocolate and sweet yummy vanilla.
It was the beer equivalent of a super Belgian chocolate dipped in beer.
Sadly Titanic have completely knackered it by sticking it in a clear bottle.
These days I generally refuse to buy beer in clear bottles but I received this through the post and so had no idea what it would come in.
The beer poured OK but smelled of cabbage and cardboard, none of the sweetshop aromas I remembered from before.
And then taking a mouthful what I remember as a beautifully weighted, creamy thick chocoalte fueled stout has been reduced to an acrid, woody and overly bitter beer.
And the vanilla no longer exists.
I managed a third of a glass before I poured it away.
If you see this beer in cask or keg then try it, it’s absolutely terrific.
If you see it in a clear bottle in your supermarket then, well, the choice is yours.

NB: This is not an attack on Titanic who make some great beer. In fact I have a bottle of White Star for this evening which I’m really looking forward to.
And it’s in a BROWN bottle.
I wonder.
Should we start a campaign against clear glass?
The only reason I can see for using it is that some marketing person thinks it looks good on the shelf.
And it does.
But it kills beer.

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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