Welcome to the Drink in the Sights Barney's Marshmallow Stout Beer Review. If you've read a few of my reviews you'll know Tiny Rebel Staypuft Marshmallow Porter is one of my all time favourite beers so you can imagine my excitement when I found a marshmallow stout while making my way through the middle isle at LIDL. I didn't even buy one to take it home and sample before delving in, I simply dived straight in and bought six. Now at 7.4% this may have been a big move had I planned to drink them all in one go, but this was a marshmallow stout, it'd be perfect as an after food tipple wouldn't it? So much excitement, and then I opened one...
This is the only Barney's beer I've had so far, but the Edninburgh brewery seems to be doing some good stuff so I'm sure it wont be my last. But here's the thing... How can you honestly review a beer which you had high hopes for? It's really tough. Lets start simply though it comes in a 330 bottle, pours a nice fairly substantial head and smells of not surprisingly at all marshmallows. The beers body colour is black, and I mean really black, this isn't one of those dark but still almost translucent stouts, it's the real deal, well in terms of colour at least. All of this is extremely promising and had me wondering is this a genuine match for Staypuft, have I found a cheaper alternative to the great one?
Barney's Marshmallow Stout Beer Review Conclusion
The answer was quite sadly, and resoundingly no. And here's the problem because I expected so much how could a middle isle LIDL beer compete? I feel like whatever I say will be too harsh but here we go... The Barney's Marshmallow Stout was OK, there's a marshmallow tang to it, it's pretty sweet with some caramel and coffee notes which actually only serve to detract from the marshmallow and why would you want to do that? I really, really wanted to love Barney's Marshmallow Stout, but I'm not 100% sure I even like it, and I'm a dark beer enthusiast. I'm going to give it a middle of the ground 5/10 it's awkward because it could have been so good and I just feel let down so I'm trying not to be too harsh. Ah who am I kidding it's rubbish, and the after taste is vile. 2/10.