I've been really impressed with Darwin Brewery's ales and Galapagos, their chocolate stout brewed with oats, is no exception.
It's a lovely velvety black colour with a loose, rapidly vanishing tan head. The head disappears after a few minutes, giving it the appearance of a pint of coke. I would never judge a book by its cover and the same could be said for beer, so it's what it tastes like that counts.
The flavour is DIVINE! The taste of chocolate is unmistakable but it's perfectly balanced between sweet and bitter. I could also pick up notes of roasted coffee, sweet malts and liquorice as I greedily guzzled this easy drinking stout. The aroma is quite similar to the flavour with wafts of chocolate, treacle and dark fruits over an intensely malty base.
With medium carbonation and a medium body, it's all perfectly weighted to give a smooth stout experience with a few tickly bubbles thrown in for good measure.
Galapagos really is an awesome stout. It's nothing overly fancy but it's so much more than a bog-standard stout. It's so malty with a perfect sweet/bitter balance that leaves a sweetness on the lips and bitterness on the tongue. With a good ABV of 6% it ticks all the boxes of a delicious stout to which I can definitely say 'Ale Be Seeing You again!'
Brewed by Darwin Brewery, Sunderland
My Untappd score: 4.25/5