Brewed in collaboration with De Molen, this is an Imperial Stout with four types of chilli pepper, cocoa nibs, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, coriander and cumin, not to mention bags of whole leaf hops and a hefty malt bill.
Most importantly, this is fabulous.
It’s a black hole dark beer with a creamy cappuccino head, deep space and coffee, out there and sexy, a beer that smells of chocolate coated red bell peppers, which is now a thing that I want to try.
The malting is thick and round with treacle tart and pecan pie, honey waffles and brown bread crusts, and the hops add some steely herbal leaves, damp woodland leaf litter, peach juice and pomegranate.
And all the while the chillies grow, never becoming overbearing, they add a delightfully red fruity body, a little smokiness and a prickle of lip singeing heat while the other ingredients bring powdery chocolate and a woody spiced crackle to the brandy booze fuelled finish.
Two of my favourite breweries working together.
What more could I ask for.
Source: Ales By Mail