I associate Layer Cake with the 2004 gritty British crime film, thankfully this beer version is low on grit and high on flavour.
Marshmallow and chocolate is a winning flavour and I defy anyone to say otherwise, but the big artificial sweetness can be difficult to translate well into a beer and runs the risk of making it quite sickly.
Thankfully Brew Dog avoid this sticky trap and have managed to harness the flavour to improve the beer rather than let it destroy it.
I can't comment on the cast of people who were involved in brewing Layer Cake, but I would highly suspect they're not as glamorous as the movie stars in the film.
Layer Cake: Taste Test
Smells sweet, very artificial sweetness like you tend to find with things like marshmallow. It's very pleasant, with a hint of chocolate too making it clear that this is indeed confectionary.
It pours quite thick and dense, with more of that sickly-sweet aroma coming out as it fills the glass. The flavour is sweet, but it's actually more of a chocolatey sweetness that is the main flavour, with the artificial sweetness of the marshmallow playing second fiddle.
The aftertaste is sweet too, but much more subtle than in the main flavours as you're drinking it. It's more of a post-chocolate bar sweetness, that cloying aftertaste of the sugar making it moresome.
Layer Cake: Can Notes
It's a very clever can, with the colour scheme designed to be like a cake in that it's got chocolate brown oozing from tip to bottom, over a layer of pink and white to represent the marshmallow.
It could very much be a cake, in can form. Which is very visually appealing when considering whether to pick it up from the shelf or not.
As with most Brew Dog cans there's writing on the can sides to add more character to the design. In this instance, the phrase 'have your cake and drink it' being a great play on the regular term. It does remind me of blended cake which is an odd image, but not particularly a bad one.
The traditional Brew Dog shield is pink at the bottom with chocolate brown oozing down it, which is unique and very aesthetically pleasing, especially with the bold white font of the beer name and brewery.
Buy Brewdog Layer Cake Stout
This is part of a run of craft stouts that are readily available in most supermarkets, the cheapest we could find it was a paltry £3.00 from Tesco.
We actually bought it from Morrisons, but I can't remember how much it was. Either way you'll probably be able to find it somewhere with little effort.
A fan of beer since his first can of John Smiths he snook out of his Dad's fridge, Adam is now a craft beer enthusiast. To offset this 'hobby', he also cycles, runs and plays cricket when not spending time with his family.