Black is Beautiful is an imperial stout that’s brewed to support justice and equality for people of colour.
Something that really shouldn’t be a problem in a progressive society, but nevertheless an issue that we support completely.
This version of the Black is Beautiful stout movement is from Left Handed Giant. It’s quite an exotic stout, made with coconut, cacao and Tanzanian vanilla which all work lovely together to make it a beer fully worthy of fuelling revolution.
There’s coconut running right the way through this one and it starts from the moment the can’s opened. The rich scent of dark chocolate combining with a boozy hint and tropical coconut working perfectly.
The pour’s thick and creamy, but the first taste is quite a strong alcohol flavour; although this soon gives way to a bitter sweet dark chocolate flavour that balances well with a hint of vanilla before the booze - and the coconut - returns for the aftertaste.
The aftertaste itself, while being initially more coconutty than anything, soon develops into a thick mouthfeel you get when you eat dark chocolate, that richness that keeps lovers of cacao coming back for more.
As it should be, the front of the can is the beer name in striking black lettering on a white background, making the name of the beer a statement rather than a design consideration.
The jigsaw-pieced effect of different shades of brown all around the can is a stunning effect visually and helps to really hammer home the point about diversity and, hopefully, draw attention to social problems.
Black is Beautiful stout is a movement, with several breweries making a stout with the same name and similar can designs, just with different flavours.
This Left Handed Giant version is one we got it in our local bottle shop, you can get it from Honest Brew for £7.48 for members (£8.69 non-members).