Well well well, with Vanishing Point 01, the first in Innis & Gunn’s new series of special releases, I’ve finally found a beer by the brewery that I honestly like a lot.
And it’s all because, with VP01, gone are the overly strong barrel flavours that to me tasted so big that they could have been flavourings, and in there place there’s a whole lot of beer to taste.
You can find black coffee and dark bitter chocolate, treacle tart and digestive biscuits.
There’s even a little fruitiness in the form of juicy raisins, along with orange marmalade and nettle tea from the hopping.
All this is pushed along by a chest warming, but round and comforting rather than burning, alcohol heat while the barrel ageing brings a soft damp woodiness, lots of vanilla and not just a little fig roll to the finish.
What’s more Vanishing Point 01 is beautifully, and rather dangerously given its ABV, presented in a boxed 500ml bottle.
Source: Innis & Gunn