Neon Raptor Brewing Co. Bigfoot Expert (11%)

It’s a Sunday evening and I have just sat with my new landlady eating a large roast chicken dinner while we get to know each other a little.
With the food done and the world put to rights I decided to settle down in my room and have a last drink for the evening.
Now, I don’t usually do pudding after a meal, it’s just something I’m not into, but give me this Triple Chocolate Stout after every main course and you’ll quickly change my mind.
This is a mammoth beer.
A mountain of chocolate ice cream, cornets, rum and raisin and a heady hit of brandy.
There’s vanilla and brioche, sticky honey, pecan pie, toffee, coffee and Belgian waffles.
There’s even a little spiky hit of fresh hedgerow greenery from the hops, though I, not sure that they really matter in the grand scheme of this beer with its thick and gloopy, body made up of thirteen (yes, thirteen) malts and shed loads of chocolate.
Don’t mind if I do.

Source: Pop’n’Hops

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Verdant Brewing Co. Comfort Settings (8%)

Another beautifully packaged and beautifully executed DIPA from Verdant, this time in collaboration with the Wylam gang.
Comfort Settings pours a thick and sticky peachy gold and smells of honeysuckle and melons.
There’s a great big gloopy malt body, all sticky caramel and chewy honey glazed brioche which is made bigger and bolder by the London Ale Yeast that brings spiced apricots and earthy peach fuzz over which the hops – Ekuanot, Citra, Azacca, El Dorado and Sabro – do their sharp and juicy, fruity thing.
There’s lime jelly and lemon curd, lots of fresh green herbal leaves, steely metallic hedgerow foliage and sweet sherbet bonbons.
The booze in the beer gradually builds, creating a round soft warmth in the bright buzzing finish.
Good stuff.

Source: Pop’n’Hops

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Totally Brewed Simcoe Kid (6%)

There’s an awful lot of caramel in here.
It’s warm and it’s chewy and it almost takes over.
But the orange marmalade of the aroma pulls you away from the sugary quicksand and reminds you that there are plenty of hops in here as well.
Simcoe actually, if you’d not guessed from the beer’s name.
And the resinous pine and tobacco leaves of said hops bring a much needed fresh slap to a beer that otherwise would collapse under the weight of its gooey malting.
In the end what you find is a rather drinkable beer that teeters sexily on the right side of gloopy.

Source: EeBria

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Neptune Brewery On The Bounty (5.8%)

I guess it’s kind of obvious, but I love that the name of this beer reflects the chocolate bar that it tastes like.
On The Bounty is a Chocolate and Coconut Stout that pours a deep mahogany brown with a little cappuccino head and smells of chocolate and brown sugar.
The malts are heavy and thick with sticky treacle tart and rich dark chocolate while the Sorachi Ace hops add a slap of fresh lemon zest, sherbet and green herbal foliage, bringing some much needed brightness to this dense dark beer.
And over all this the cocoa nibs and coconut essence build into a stickily sweet yet satisfyingly rich chocolate bar of a finish.
Super stuff.

Source: Pop’n’Hops

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Pressure Drop Brewing Co. Escape Pod (10%)

Brewed in collaboration with Left Handed Giant, Escape Pod is a Chocolate, Coconut, Vanilla Stout.
Yes, you read right.
It’s an enormous fun packed fairground ride of a beer.
A beer to make you giddy.
A beer to make your head spin and your tongue twist in the most delightful way.
Escape Pod smells of coconut ice cream and pours an impenetrable black with a little cappuccino head.
There’s a hefty treacle tart, Madeira cake and runny honey malt, round and chewy and satisfyingly sexy, and a a snap of green and pithy fresh herbal hops that add some brightness to the edges.
But it’s the creamy coconut, the dark bitter chocolate and the rich vanilla that slowly builds as you drink, bolstered by a white rum alcohol warmth that makes this a very special beer.

Source: My local Londis

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