Prologue Colonial was not a brewery I had ever heard of. But there they were, three Colonial beers listed on the menu of my local gastro pub, Lamaros. I had to take the chance, I ordered the Porter and sat back in anticipation.
I had a horrible thought that the beer might be somehow connected to the Colonial pub in King Street in Melbourne, which is a pub I’ve been known to frequent before the football at Colonial Stadium Telstra dome, Etihad stadium. It was, and I imagine still is an ordinary pub.
The good news is the Colonial Brewing Company is not affiliated with it, and are not an ordinary brewery. The website tells me that they are situated in the Margaret River region of WA. The photos tell me that they seem to be run by a man with James May like hair and may be home to a bunch of horses and a chicken.
This bodes well.
Appearance: The beer was dark, almost black. It had a thick brown head made up of large bubbles.
Taste: It was full in the mouth, but quite subtle in flavour with some fine carbonation. There was some bitterness in the mid sip and then an aftertaste of burnt malt. The burnt nature giving it an almost acidic touch.
Possible drinking location : Can I suggest jumping on a plane and heading over west, it looks pretty nice…
Packaging: From what I can tell they don’t bottle their beers, so it might make it tough to find (they are only available in WA and Victoria). I can tell you that it comes in an awesome glass, it’s like this tall and skinny test tube. It makes you feel like a right beer wanker (in good way).
Food Suggestion: A drank this at Lamaro’s so anything I ate with it was going to be brilliant. I started with some seafood, which didn’t really suit it but then I had the Waygu minute steak with pine mushrooms and truffle butter mashed potatoes which suited the porter just fine. (admittedly it would have made dishwater taste good too)
In conclusion: A good beer, not as smooth as the chocolate stouts I’ve been trying of late, but rather it’s more on the refreshing side with its subtle flavours.
Ranking: I’ll have a Pint thanks.
Long bow Youtube clip: Because Colonial is from WA I present to Way out West by the Dingoes