Stone & Wood - Heart Breaker

Stone & Wood - Heart Breaker 


Stone & Wood - Heart Breaker 

Beer:  Heart Breaker 
Alcohol/Volume: 5.5%
Brewer: Stone & Wood, Byron Bay NSW, stoneandwood.com.au

How was the palate prepared? Coopers Sparkling Ale

First sip mental image: Chewing gum!

Colour: 
Caramel/tan in colour with a tinge of orange. Just a small amount of cloudiness. The head poured ok with the brown foam forming with large carbonation bubbles . The head hung around for a little while before disappearing.

How did it taste? 
First taste was peppermint?  What the? That was a bit odd but for some reason that’s what my palette tasted. Next sip, no peppermint. No, I wasn’t just chewing gum! 

This is a very complex amber ale. Possibly related to the three different individuals that had involvement in its creation (a muso, a designer and a chef) and the spice added - quandong and pepperberry (ahh, maybe this is where the peppermint came from?) Many different flavours that come through the pallet as you drink this beer. After a few sips, I couldn’t quite nail one of the most prominent flavours and then it hit me – it’s peaches. Once I realize this, I have to then start trying to block out of my mind that I am drinking an iced tea but its hard to do.  Luckily it was about 2/3rds of the way through the beer. 

The hoppiness is hard to define. Hard to pick what has been used and probably multiple varieties have been used in the brew.  

The beer does have a citrusy feel to it towards the end of the palette and a light to medium body. 

Suggested accompanying food? 
This beer has some serious flavours so I would enjoy it by itself…

Under what circumstances would I drink a six pack? 
This is a rare thing but I don’t think I could! The beer was a 500ml bottle and I must admit that towards the end of it, I was done. Thinking about another one wasn’t appealing so I would suggest that this is a great beer to taste to enjoy it’s uniqueness/complexity, but it’s not a chug-chug** beer.   

** Chug-chug is my definition of a beer that you can drink 6 of quite easily

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