Tinnie of the Week: Dark Moment Baltic Porter from microbrewery Heroes and Villains
Our resident beer writer (best job in the world, right?!) has sipped his way through everything from Emu Export to XPA.
Trying out this week’s sip, Simon Collins gives his verdict on the Tinnie of the Week and whether it’s worth cracking one with a mate.
Dark Moment Baltic Porter
WHERE’S IT FROM?
Heroes and Villains, a microbrewery started three years ago by hardcore punk-loving former telco and energy company sales and marketing executive Shannon Mizen.
While he began brewing in a 10-hectolitre brewhouse at Oakover Grounds in Middle Swan, his brewery and tap room now resides in Osborne Park, dangerously close to PerthNow’s HQ.
Dark Moment is a “villain”; that is, a non-core or seasonal beer.
Mizen’s regular Heroes include his B.O.T.N.A. Tropical Pale Ale, Renegade Citrus IPA and award-winning Saigon Fresh Ale, while his Villains veer from limited release black IPAs to The Swamp NEIPA brewed last year with yours truly.
He also makes Gordon Street draught and ginger beers in honour of his new digs.
WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT IT?
Well, Dark Moment is delicious, like an Easter egg for adults.
Mizen adds Belgian chocolate to an imperial porter base, before throwing a whole bunch of semi-dried Shiraz grapes that had started drying on the vine after vintage into the primary fermentation stage.
The porter offers fresh red wine and subtle chocolate aromas, before delivering a surprisingly smooth texture for a 7.2 per cent porter. This is indulgent without being too sweet or tasting like kerosene.
Mizen first brewed Dark Moment in 2019, but has brought it back for Easter 2021 (and beyond) in a can adorned with a Donnie Darko-inspired bad bunny.
The main different between Heroes and Villains’ 2019 vintage and this year’s batch is that the grapes were picked earlier and unveil fresher flavours as the beer warms.
Mizen reckons Dark Moment is best consumed at around 10 degrees Celsius.
SHOULD I SHARE IT?
Yeah, probably, unless you want your better half to smash all your Easter eggs. And at 7.2 per cent, you could end up crucified for not sharing this dark beauty.
WHAT’S THE DAMAGE?
Expect around $9 for a single and $28 for a four-pack. Not bad.
🍺🍺🍺🍺/5. A truly delicious Baltic Porter. Roll on winter, roll on.