Black Emperor – Just the ticket

No great wisdom to impart right now, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have a wow of the week. So…

Wow of the Week: Black Emperor from Golden Ticket Brewing. This is Ally McGilvray’s third seasonal effort, just in time for darker evenings. It’s a great example of the new wave of hoppy back beers, and Golden Ticket calls it a black pilsner, American black lager, pseudo schwarz and a hydrid (sic) schwarzbier. Don’t worry about the style – just enjoy it. Four malts bolstered with Centennial NZ Cascade and Southern Cross hops, this has layers of bitterness from the hops and malts working together. It comes in at a decidedly un-Imperial 4.1% 4.6% which surprised me – I thought it was stronger and it certainly looks and feels bigger. On tap at Hashigo Zake and Regional Wines and Spirits now, and check with the brewery for other outlets.

Extra points for naming a beer after Lee Scratch Perry.

Come along to the NZbeerblog Sunday Session tomorrow for a beer and a yack – The Hopgarden, 15 Pirie St, Mount Victoria, Wellington at 4pm.


One Response to “Black Emperor – Just the ticket”

  1. Tweet update from @gtbrewing:
    @nzbeerblog the one you tried is the 2nd black emperor, 4.6 with kiwi hops (cascade & sthn x) but the main thing is you liked it


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