We’ve been looking to hook up with the team over at Portsmouth’s Staggeringly Good Brewery for a long time now. Turns out that this was a collaboration worth waiting for. The Dino crew wanted to work on a style with us that they don’t tend to do in their daily brews, to pool our skill sets on blending, and bend the rule book to create something staggeringly unbarred. The result? Dip Le Donut. An insane coffee, chocolate and donut white stout that (at the time of writing) is England’s top rated white stout on Untappd. We built up a layered malt base with Extra Pale Ale, Rolled Oats, Flaked Barley, Light Munich, Smoked Malt, Carapils and Maltodextrin for the complex flavours and mouthfeel you get in a stout without the depth of colour. We paid special attention to the water, treating it to create a more creamy mouthfeel supplemented with lactose. The East Kent Goldings hops added sweet, smooth honey notes which blended perfectly with the vanilla, cold pressed coffee and cocoa nibs for a flavour sensation. Oh, and of course, we finally added natural extract of donuts for a sensational sweet, pastry-like vanilla nose.

Two launch events in Portsmouth and at our Brighton Taproom were sell outs, with incredible bespoke donuts filled with chocolate ganache, topped with a vanilla glaze, coffee drizzle, sea salt and a decadent toasted marshmallow, as dreamt up by the geniuses at Hideout Coffee Company. They proved to be the perfect pairing for the Dip Le Donut stouty goodness.

This project really encapsulates what UnBarred is all about. Collaborating with other incredible local businesses to create something truly unique, distinctive and delicious. This is a real one-off, and the cans are quickly selling out, so try and get your hands on one while stocks last. We’re still pouring it on draft at our Brighton Taproom too, but when it’s gone it’s gone!

12 March 2020