Saturday, 4 March 2017
Chew Chew by Fallen Brewing
Beer Name: Chew Chew
Brewer: Fallen Brewing Company, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Date Sampled: 3rd March 2017
Serving Type: Can
Location Sampled: Home
Up until very recently if someone had asked me to name some Scottish beers I probably would've struggled to get past Tennents Super and McEwans. That's not to say that there wasn't any good beer being brewed north of the border, simply that it wasn't that common to find it all the way down here on the south coast of England.
Now that the Aberdeen based 'craft beer' juggernaut Brewdog has marched it's way to global recognition it can come as no surprise that more breweries are emerging from Scotland.
Fallen Brewing Company are part of this next generation of Scottish breweries and one of the first to make an impact in the British craft beer marketplace; their beers available relatively wide spread and often shared across social media. Based in the South West Highlands they use pure Scottish mountain water, all of their beers are vegan and vegetarian friendly and they proudly state on their website that their brewery electricity supply is all from renewable sources.
Chew Chew is a salted caramel milk stout that was part of a recent order from Hoptimism.
It is a very dark brown with a small caramel coloured head which offers a small amount of lacing.
The salted caramel aroma is clearly evident on the nose, along with hints of vanilla fudge.
The taste starts with a delicate hint of coffee before sweet caramel sweeps in, with a finish which offers a sprinkle of salt and just a splash of booze.
These flavours, along with a barely carbonated medium body, produce a very satisfying beer.
I recently review Millionaire, the salted caramel and chocolate milk stout by Wild Beer and the two actually stack up very well against each other. Whereas MIllionaire offered slightly more depth of flavour, Chew Chew has a slightly heavier body and boozier finish. Both are great examples of modern British craft brewing and I can't pick a favourite.
But I have to say, I'm very impressed with my first experience of Fallen Brewing and look forward to sampling some more of their range.