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Human Fish Stout

Rating: 3.7

Amazingly this one is my third beer from the Human Fish brewery based in the town of Vrhnika in Slovenia and one that follows on from two other offerings from them that I managed to try whilst in Slovenia in August of last year; namely their Pale Ale and their Combat Wombat session IPA. Of the two I’ve already tried, the Pale Ale was a fairly disappointing one and the Combat Wombat was only marginally better but prior to my trip last summer I had been hoping to try their Stout and even mentioned in one of my previous post how it would be a long time before I got the chance to again. Well that time is now after the Good Spirits Co. beer shop in Glasgow recently got in a few bottles and I managed to grab what looked like the last one on a recent visit to the shop. It’s a blink and you’ll miss it beer all right, the label is a solid black except for the letters ‘HFB’ and the word stout tucked away at the bottom corner of the bottle. The beer is definitely one that I’m surprised to see exported to Scotland and I’m hoping it goes one better than the previous two from the brewery I’ve reviewed here but either way it’s another new one and the first time I’ve seen a Slovenian beer available outside of the Croatia or the country itself and that can only be a good thing.

Human Fish Stout

Appearance (4/5): A black bodied, opaque beer with a dark beige head on top that starts as a half centimetre tall, foamy one before fading a little and settling as a thin, patchy surface lacing after about thirty seconds.
Aroma (8/10): Naturally quite a dark nose, this one opens up with some strong roasted malts and a lot of chocolate which also helps to provide a little sweetness to proceedings. The beer is creamy on the nose with some pleasant, earthy hops and a few darker fruits. There is a few touches of coffee coming through with a burnt sugar backing and further bitterness right at the end.
Taste (7/10): Roasted malts and a lot of chocolate also opens things up with the taste, there’s a nice amount of sweetness too but it doesn’t seem quite as strong as with the nose. There was a few earthy hops and touches of bitterness off the back of that as well as some coffee. The taste definitely matches the nose closely but without the same strength and there was a few earthy malts right at the end.
Palate (3/5): Sitting with what is probably a medium body on the whole, the beer did seem a touch light in areas and almost watery which was quite disappointing but other than that the beer seemed nice enough of the palate. There was plenty of sweetness of the chocolate and the few darker fruits that there was before some earthy bitterness came through towards the end. The beer was quite well balance and easy to drink with fine carbonation and a fairly dry finish.

Overall (16/20): Probably the best of the three Human Fish beers that I’ve tried to date, only just though. This one got off to a good start with some excellent roasted malts and chocolate with plenty of sweetness too, although it did start to fade a touch towards the end and seemed a tiny bit watery in areas which was a disappointment without it being a bad beer. I enjoyed this one more than I thought given the previous two from the brewery and it was went down quite easily; good stuff all round.

Brewed In: Vrhnika, Slovenia
Brewery: Human Fish Brewery
First Brewed: circa. 2012
Type: Stout
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer (500ml)
Price: £2.40

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