Porter • 5.2 % ABV • Newport, Wales
Considering the length of time I’ve been writing my blog, I’m surprised that I haven’t reviewed a beer from my next brewery yet. Especially as they are literally on my doorstep.
Next on the list are Tiny Rebel based in Newport, who have been on the up and up since they officially started brewing back in 2012.
Prior to that, Founders Bradley Cummings and Gareth Williams were doing it the way most everyone started – In the Garage.
Their success has resulted in two bars (The first in Cardiff and their latest in Newport) as well as the development of a whole new, purpose-built brewery which the gang hope to move into by the end of this year.
Home brewers, who would like a piece of the Tiny Rebel pie can also buy a Cwtch – Welsh Red Ale Home brew kit. One of my favourite mainstays in the Tiny Rebel line up!
Onto my next beer then shall we?
Stay Puft is a Marshmallow Porter which is described as containing the roast qualities of a proper dark ale whilst the marshmallow gives it a smooth sweetness.
originally released back in January 2016 on cask only, it was a huge hit and sold out in 36 hours.
I was lucky enough to get one of these pints as my Brother in Law sneakily topped up a growler after paying for the beverages in the Urban Tap House, Cardiff and brought it home for me.
I was a little under the weather and it certainly picked me back up again.
Lets see what the bottled version is all about!
Stay Puft pours a deep brown to black colour but the light you can see through it is perfectly clear. Whilst topping up the glass, a really lively tan head began to form and plenty of bubbles were shooting up the glass from the base.
The head does settle pretty quickly.
There is a subtle roasted aroma from the darker malts but its the sweetness from the marshmallows that really takes over and in a really pleasant way. Both balance out well and the strength means you don’t have to hold the glass to your face for a sniff.
The flavour mimics the aroma really well. The balance of the roast\toasted malts merges with the sweetness of the marshmallows then you are taken to a light bitterness at the end from the hops.
Stay Puft is a medium to full-bodied beer with a smooth body which almost verges on creamy. The carbonation is pretty lively from the first pour which helps give the creamy texture but this dissipated pretty quickly as time goes on.
A really well-balanced porter, bringing the malts and marshmallows together harmoniously. The lightly hopped bitterness at the end has its part to play too.
It went down an absolute treat, showing that even marshmallows can work well in a traditional style such as a porter.
Cant wait for my next!
If you have had an opportunity to try a bottle, then visit @biertaster and let me know what you thought of Stay Puft.