For an alcohol-free brewery, the holy trinity of beers seems to be a lager, an IPA, and a stout/porter. If you can offer one of each of these styles as part of your product range then you have the majority of your possible customers sorted. A nice light lager for the fair-weather drinkers, a fruity and bitter IPA for the hop-heads, and a deep, dark, and luxurious stout for those who like to ruminate over their beers. With the release of Out of Space, Another Dimension Brew Co’s chocolate peanut butter porter, the brewer has it’s bases covered. With a pale ale and a ‘south coast’ IPA already available, they also offer a pilsner lager, which sadly I’ve not yet had a chance to sample and review.
We’ve seen peanut butter featured in a non-alcoholic stout before – Hammerton’s Crunch AF. I though this was an interesting brew, but the peanut flavour was far too artificial for me. In Out of Space, Another Dimension are using both Challenger and Goldings hops, and a malt bill that includes black malt, Caramalt, chocolate malt, oats and pale malt. Challenger gives bitterness, floral aromas and spice, whilst the stalwart Goldings offers earthy honey – both perfect flavours to impart into a porter. The malt combinations should offer lots of coffee, currant, cacao and toffee sweetness too. But how will the peanut flavour come across this time? I don’t know if you’re salivating already but after writing that paragraph I certainly am – to the tasting!
Pouring the beer out of the can (adorned with yet more amazing tech-noir visuals courtesy of Junior Tomlin) we get an almost opaque dark reddish-brown liquid. A caramel-coloured head fluffs up nicely, but unfortunately fizzles away quite quickly. Inhaling, we get the aromas of dark roasted malts, along with a dark chocolate sweetness, and an earthy note in the background.
The roasted malts are what greet us when we taste, with an almost smoky coffee flavour, interspersed with both bitterness and sweetness from dark chocolate. Indeed there’s more bitterness here than I’ve noticed in previous AF stouts and porters, and it’s at a pleasing level here, not too astringent. The carbonation level is not too high but offers a tingly sensation, with the body being quite light. And the peanut? For me it comes in at the end of a mouthful, rounding it off and offering a much more natural flavour than Crunch AF. The finish is bittersweet and nutty.
Another Dimension Out of Space shows that they are certainly developing as a brewer and willing to try new styles, and they’ve knocked this one out of the park. Maybe not quite as indulgent and chocolatey as other NA stouts, it still offers a wonderful drinking experience, especially if you let it come up to room temperature before imbibing. My advice – keep a stock of these for when you fancy a nutty, chocolatey treat.
Buy Another Dimension Out of Space
I bought my pack of Out of Space direct from Another Dimension Brewing, and you can too via the link below:
|Nutritional Information (per 100ml, taken from the side of the can)
|Water, Barley Malt, Oats, Hops, Flavourings (Peanut Butter and Chocolate), Yeast
|Country of Production
|Another Dimension Brewing Company Ltd. – https://www.anotherdimension.uk/
Another Dimension Out of Space NA Porter Review
Nicely indulgent AF porter but maybe not with the depths of flavours that it could have had.