Lidl's habit of providing Shepherd Neame beers to it's Irish stores is going strong. Often they are boring metallic numbers but I have never had a stout from Shepherd Neame so of course I had to try some.
Well it ticked all the stout boxes. Chocolate , Coffee, Bitter finish but the metallic hop notes were there too. The metallic finish in Shepherd Neame beers is not a bad thing as such but I think it detracted from the stout somewhat. Also it was rather fizzy, carbonated to the levels that American beers can be carbonated to which is surprising for an English brewery.
The end result was a pleasant and easy to drink stout that is Irish only in the fact there are some dodgy looking shamrocks on the bottles. That and of course it is fairly dry as Irish stouts tend to be. Not the best stout I have ever had of course but a solid stout nonetheless and worthy of the lidl price which was about €1.99 I believe. Still a lot more expensive than in the UK but not bad by Irish prices. I knocked back 3 or 4 of them along with a Bishops finger over a weekend.