If they were trying to sell beer to occult black metal lovers, then Gigantic Brewing Company did an outstanding job. Because as soon as I saw the label, I bought the beer without looking at the price or style of beer. Second only to Driftwood’s Son of the Morning, this is one of the most metal beer labels I’ve ever seen.
Bottle: 650ml bomber
Description: A dopplebock emblackened. Perfect for midnight masses, dancing naked in the moonlight, and malevolent alters. Turn up the Sons of Huns, toast the dark, now turn and kiss the goat.
Kiss the Goat is listed as a black doppelbock—essentially a stronger and maltier version of a German bock larger. I’ve had bocks, dobbelbocks and eisbocks before, but never seen one listing itself as a black one. I’m guessing it’s part of the gimmick.
The beer poured out a dark mahogany color with a relatively foamy head that dissipated quickly. It had a rich malt flavour with hints of coffee, caramel, and cocoa. Fitting with the style and the low IBU, it’s all about the malt and there is no hop flavour to be found.
This is a delicious beer that would pair really well with cheese or dessert. Like a porter, it’s pretty filling. In fact, German friars used to call Dobblebocks “liquid bread” and would drink it in place of a meal during times of fasting. Back then these beers rang in at up to 12%. Being a monk sounds like it was much more fun back then!
I’d also suggest drinking this beer while listening to some Dimmu Borgir or Gorgoroth, or while sacrificing a virgin to our dark lord and master. Whatever your preference.