Stout's are notorious for being heavy, which can often be due to their alcohol content. Remove that and you have a stout that's super light and out of this world.
Like all Big Drop's beers, Galactic is no more than 0.5% ABV which certifies it as alcohol-free. A milk stout that makes up for the lack of alcohol with a creamy and smooth flavour that's very sessionable, not something you can normally say for a stout.
The advantage to losing the booze is that the flavours can reek havoc unchecked, which is why Galactic won a style award at the World Beer Awards.
The aroma is roasty, with a hint of chocolate. In a strange way it smelled reminiscent of American chocolate, with that almost-artificial scent. The pour is quite thick and creates a pleasingly dense light-brown head to drink through.
The flavour is nothing like artificial chocolate though and once you get past a slightly metallic flavour at the front of the beer, it turns into a big chocolate hit with just a hint of bitterness to balance it.
The aftertaste is sweet, but more in a non-specific way. While Big Drop say that Galactic is like a honeycomb covered in chocolate; I get a lot of chocolate without much honey action.
The 'big drop' on the front of the can is the main feature, which is something that is prominent across all of their can and bottle designs.
The purple combined with the swirly pattern behind creates a very sci-fi style look to the can and it's one that's eye catching with the contrast of big drop of colour with more intricacies behind.
The brewery name is purple too, but the brightest part of the can is the bold white lettering of the beer name and style, along with the 'alcohol-free' description which is an important indicator for highlighting it on the shelf.
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