Beer Review: Under Promise, Over Deliver – Frisky Bear Brewing Co.

Continuing my beer clear out extravaganza with a stout from another new brewery for me! Frisky Bear is based up North in Leeds, which I actually visited the other day. It’s been a little while since I’ve had a dark beer, mostly because almost all the ones I have are heavy hitters in the ABV department. ‘Under Promise, Over Deliver’ is substantially lighter at 4.5% ABV and has been flavoured with coconut and vanilla. The back of tin professes Bounty in a glass. A bold claim but I was intrigued to see if they could pull it off.

The beer pours a proper onyx black, with a thin tan head. The aroma is classic stout. Lots of coffee notes and bitter dark chocolate make it inviting. The actual body of the beer is a touch thin, perhaps due to the lower alcohol content. There is a nice typical stout taste from start to finish with hints of the vanilla peppered throughout. However, I do think the coconut flavour goes missing for my taste, which is a bit of a let down.

A quick note on the can art: I really like the can design for this beer particularly the clean positioning of the beer name. Additionally, the water reflection with the black ripples superimposed over the top works well I think.

Unfortunately I think this beer did the complete opposite of it’s own name for me personally. Bounty in a can is a bold claim and I just couldn’t get any of the coconut to come through at all. While it was a little on the thin side for me I did think the flavour was perfectly fine and had that classic coffee bitterness you are looking for in a stout. However, even when a beer tastes good if it doesn’t do what it says on the tin I feel it’s missed the mark then unfortunately. That said I’m certainly willing to try their other beers, particularly their Christmas Pudding Imperial Stout. It sounds like a corker!

Score: 5.5/10

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Additional Information:

  • Hops: Not Available
  • Malt: Not Available
  • IBU: Not Available
  • ABV: 4.5%
  • Gluten Free: No
  • Vegan: Yes!
  • Purchase Location: The Wanstead Tap

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