Nirvana Alcohol Free Dark And Rich Stout Review


What type of beer is Nirvana Dark and Rich Stout?

Does Non Alcoholic Beer Taste The S...
Does Non Alcoholic Beer Taste The Same

No prizes for guessing this is a stout.

A stout is a dark beer, top fermented and the hallmark is thee darkly roasted malt barley.

There are a few styles of stout : dry, oatmeal, milk and imperial.

You should get flavours such are roast malt, coffee, chocolate and caramel.

The Ingredients

Stouts, more than pale beers like lagers, can have extra ingredients. Often there is some form of sugar which yeast can’t convert to alcohol to give sweetness and creamy mouthfeel.

Nirvana Dark and Rich Stout includes…

  • Water
  • Barley malt
  • Hops
  • Malt extract
  • Chocolate
  • Natural flavourings

Interesting, chocolate is a nice addition to any stout and plays well into the flavour wheelhouse.

I am never a fan of seeing “natural flavourings” in a beer tho. What are they, why can the flavours not be found in barley or hops and is it going to add a chemically taste to the beer?

Is Nirvana Dark and Rich Stout really alcohol free?

You see a lot of different names on beer bottles. There are set laws as to what can be called alcohol free and non alcoholic but zones overlap such as the EU and UK so you can never be sure. 

The best way to tell if a beer is alcohol free is to look on the label for the “0.0%” as that cant change.

A true alcohol free beer will have 0.0% alcohol by volume, but this means it can have a tiny amount of alcohol as long as it is less the 0.05%.

The Nutrition

Stouts, especially non alcoholic ones, can be slightly higher in calories, carbs and sugar compared to say a lager. The deep malt flavours need more sugar for balance and you need some more carbs for body, giving rise to a higher calorie count.

Values per 100ml or 100g
Alcohol0.0%
Calories 20kcal
Carbohydrate4.8g
Sugars2.8g
Nirvana Dark and Rich Stout Nutrition Stats

They aren’t bad nutritional values. Of 100+ beers i’ve reviewed, the average non alcoholic beer has 23kcal, 5g of carbs and 2g of sugar per 100ml, so this is nearly average.

To read more about what isotonic is and how it affects beers, you can read about that here

The Look

I like the Nirvana label styling. It puts you in mind of a benevolent beer religion sending you to heaven with the hops and grain. The purple colour definitely puts me in mind of a deep and rich drink.

The beer itself is a standard enough dark stout colour but no real head to speak of

The Aroma

Oh, the nose on this is pretty great. Huge malted grain with chocolate and liquorice.

I get quite a strong liquorice smell which is actually quite nice even tho I’m not the greatest liquorice fan in the world.

The Taste

It tastes pretty much as it smells to be fair.

The deep roasted malt is to the fore and then comes bitter dark chocolate followed by that quite strong liquorice taste.

There is a nice even flow to the taste from first sip to past the swallow. Nothing feels too out of place.

Despite the deep malt, chocolate and liquorice, this somehow feels light. Perhaps it is the easy carbonation or the lack of any alcohol but you don’t feel this will weigh you down at all. 

The lightness isn’t to say there is a poor body, it is quite big and the mouthfeel is equally decent.

It does taste slightly sweet but you can easily get away with that in a dark beer, in fact it often needs it, certainly more than a pale lager.

The Verdict

An easy drinking 0.0% stout with some interesting flavours to the fore.

I haven’t encountered one as liquorice forward as this which might be a positive or a negative based on you opinion of it

The Score

7.5.10 – I think I prefer other more substantial stouts like Sleight of Hand, Guinness 0.0 and Galactic Milk Stout. However this is a solid beer

Where to buy Nirvana Dark and Rich Stout

Find out where this beer ranks compared to all the beers i have reviewed on my updated “Best Non Alcoholic Beers” page

You can buy this at Sober Sauce and get 5% off with code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE

You can try these at Wise Bartender as well, a brilliant non alcoholic retailer

For UK readers, Light Drinks has this and others, if you use code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE you get an additional 5% off

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Is Nirvana Dark and Rich Stout gluten free? 

Yes, Nirvana Dark and Rich Stout is gluten free.

I have an entire article on non alcoholic beers and gluten if you want more information.

Is Nirvana Dark and Rich Stout vegan?

Yes, Nirvana Dark and Rich Stout is vegan friendly

For more on vegan beers see my article on the matter. Why beers may or may not be and how to check.

Review Overview
SUMMARY

I think I prefer other more substantial stouts like Sleight of Hand, Guinness 0.0 and Galactic Milk Stout. However this is a solid beer

3.8

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