Stone & Wood Counter Culture So Long DarknessStone & Wood Brewing Co
Eyes closed, the generous hints of roasted coffee, chocolate and creaminess found in So Long Darkness..? might have you think it were a regular stout. But upon pouring, the way the light shines through this pale liquid might surprise you like an optical illusion. This is, in fact, not a dark beer at all. The beer’s stout flavours and aromas come through the addition of 45kg of whole unmilled coffee (post-fermentation), 35kg cacao nibs (post-fermentation), 400kg of lactose (kettle) and 15kg of vanilla beans (post fermentation), while the pale malt, wheat and oat backbone of So Long Darkness..? produces the beer’s ‘invisible’ colour. Alongside the roasted coffee and chocolatey flavours, So Long Darkness..? is smooth and creamy on the palate, thanks in particular to the oats, balanced with the brightness of Galaxy hops.