I got my hands on Cresta Black by Tempest Brew Co at the Mash Tun on Easter road in Edinburgh.
As always I’ll start of with some information about the brewery.
Tempest Brew Co was established in Kelso in 2010 by Gavin Meiklejohn. Initially used to produce some interesting beer for his pub and restaurant an 800 litre brewhouse was fabricated from a mixture of new and used equipment. When it became apparent that 800L of beer wasn’t going to meet demand the brewhouse was rehashed into a 1600L capacity.
The hard work is paying off and demand for Tempest beer has meant they are in the process of moving to a new brewhouse and production facility.This will create the space needed to meet demand for their current range, barrel age their beer and create seasonal beers along with some special projects!
This stout is made using four different grains Oats, Barley, Rye and Wheat along with a mixture of English and American hops, mashed with a box of walnut clif bars.
The colour is black with an off white head.
The nose is roasted malt, some chocolate and coffee with a slight sweet almost berry like smell in the background.
The taste is of dark berries, bitter chocolate, coffee and nuts.
The mouth feel is soft with a smooth finish.
A really nice stout! I hope to see some more Tempest beer further north soon!