Eight Degrees Brewing - Knockmealdown Irish StoutLike tackling the Knockmealdowns in a blizzard, this beer is not for wimps. Balancing dark malts with bitter hops, this robust stout offers a rich chocolaty aroma and distinctive espresso flavour. It has a smooth, full body with a dry finish. Makes a beef stew taste that bit beefier, contrasts beautifully with blue cheese or savour with an intense chocolate cake.

Knockmealdown Irish Stout was named Best in Ireland in the Stout category at the 2016 World Beer Awards and was awarded a gold star at the 2014 Great Taste Awards.

Style: Dry Irish stout
Malt: Irish pale malt, dark crystal, roasted barley, chocolate malt, flaked barley.
Hops: Fuggles, Admiral.
Strength: 5% ABV
Bitterness: 41 IBUs

Tasting notes
Colour/appearance: pours a jet black with a tan head.
Aroma: a malt-forward, espresso and molasses nose.
Flavour: roasted mocha with smooth mouthfeel and a solid bitter backbone.
Aftertaste: dry milk chocolate in the finish.

Food pairings: When the weather turns cold, this works brilliantly in, and with, a traditional beef and stout stew. Try it with lobster and prepare to be pleasantly surprised as the beer brings out the sweetness in the shellfish.

For something completely different, hang on to the stout for the end of the meal; bold chocolate and espresso flavours make it good accompaniment to a dense, dark chocolate cake or contrast the sweetness of the stout with the saltiness of our local Cashel Blue cheese.

Well worth trying in a chocolate cake or these Double Chocolate Knockmealdown Irish Stout Brownies.

2016 World Beer Awards: Ireland winner – Stout
2014 Great Taste Awards: one gold star

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BBC Travel – Exploring the food capital of Ireland by Neil Wilson
“…famed for its dark and chocolatey Knockmealdown Irish Stout.”

The Irish Examiner – Beer of the Week
…a lovely expressive cocoa and mocha aroma, good body and a dry lightly bitter finish.”

The Irish Examiner – Beer of the Week
…this beautifully-weighted rubicund malty ale is an adventure at the darker end of the flavour spectrum.

New York Times Magazine – A Drinker’s Guide to Dublin by Rosie Schaap
Named as one of Three Irish Craft Beers I’d Love to Be Able to Drink Here: …Bold, malty and tinged with chocolate but not quite as hearty as stout.

The Irish Times – A heads-up on a tasty new brew
A very attractive beer, medium-bodied but refreshing, with some coffee and slightly sweet malt, finishing well. A good session beer for those who like stout.

The Irish Examiner – Weekend food with Darina Allen
My ultimate treat [for Valentine’s Day] would be two dozen native Irish oysters with a glass of smooth Dungarvan or Eight Degrees Stout from Mitchelstown.

The Irish Examiner – Weekend Food with Darina Allen
This week, on our 12-week Certificate Course students school tour, we visited the Eight Degree Brewery in Mitchelstown. There we found ‘two cocky foreign guys’, as Cameron Wallace from Australia and Scott Baigent from New Zealand describe themselves, having lots of fun making beer.
Article includes recipe for Knockmealdown Porter Cake.