ABC Extra Stout (196 of 1001)
Another beer from Singapore now, my last from the country that I still had to review here following my visit to the country over the summer and the second of two beers from the island state that feature in the 1001 list that I have tried here, the other being Tiger which is available worldwide and wasn’t a challenge to find. This FES comes from the same brewery as Tiger, Asia Pacific Breweries and was launched in 1931, the same year the brewery was founded and a year before Tiger beer. The beer was formally brewed at 8% abv. but has since been lowered to a more reasonable 7% abv. that it can be found at now. The beer was one that I found available at several hawker stalls in the Chinatown food complex in the city over the course of my visit but naturally it wasn’t anywhere near as readily available as Tiger was, nor was it all that popular judging by the empties I saw doted around the tables of the complex. Since the beer featured in the 1001 list I was naturally going to try it but after making up my mind I had to try a few different stalls to find one that sold it and I never noticed it in any shops in the country, although I can’t say I spent much time looking. Still it’s another one off the list and it means I’m finished with the Singaporean beers on it as well now.
Appearance (4/5): A dark looking, murky brown colours that comes very close to black. It is topped with a creamy looking, tan brown head that sits on top at about half a centimetre tall before settling as a fine, creaming covering over the top of the beer.
Aroma (6/10): Roasted malts and some barely with about as much alcohol as you would expect from a 7% abv. beer. There is a definite sweetness to the beer with some darker fruits and a bit of grain too. I could detect some spice and a little chocolate to round things off with.
Taste (6/10): Sweet to begin with and backed up with some roasted barely and darker, more rich malts. There is a little coffee and some cocoa with a strong alcohol kick. The finish was a semi-bitter one but the sweetness seems to dominate throughout.
Palate (3/5): Medium bodied and quite sweet as I have mentioned. There is a strong alcohol taste that I was rather expecting from this one given the alcohol content and the style. The finish was a bittersweet one with a creamy feel and relatively light carbonation.
Overall (12/20): This one was a pretty average foreign stout that was mainly a sweet and strong tasting one with a few subtle fruit and chocolate notes in the background but not enough for my liking if I’m honest. It was certainly a drinkable beer but there are definitely more than a few beer foreign export stouts to be found out there. Another thing about this that may have affected my rating is the fact that I don’t think this style is particularly well suited to the tropical climate despite the fact it was once the most popular style in the region. Still a nice enough beer, just not the best of its kind.
Brewed In: Singapore
Brewery: Asia Pacific Breweries
First Brewed: 1931
Type: Foreign / Export Stout
Serving: Can (323ml)
Purchased: Happy Jing Coffee Stall, Chinatown Hawker Centre, Singapore
Price: SGD$3.5 (£1.74 approx.)