Could you get a more gothic name for a beer? 3 Ravens ………. dark ……… smoke ………….. it sounds like the lyrics to a Bauhaus song! Of course, then there’s the mention of beer and traditionally, Goths are cider drinkers. I tried my 3 Ravens Smoke Beer in the beer garden of the wonderfully old skool Yarra Hotel in Abbotsford, Melbourne, without a goth in sight.
This is indeed a dark beer, the colour of antique mahogany, cloudy or you might say, smokey. The aroma and initial taste is (un)surprisingly smokey too. Like a fermented Lap Sang Su Chong tea, once you are over the first sip, the smokiness dies down and the beer becomes ……… interesting. Not quite a session beer but I reckon it’d go well with barbecued ribs or pork sliders. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.
Here’s the kings of moderation, The Pogues, with “Bottle of Smoke” ……..