Dark Star Imperial Stout (10.5%)

A tiny bottle with an enormous beer hiding inside.
Opening this is tantamount to letting out a genie or bumping into the troll that hides under the billy goats’ bridge, it just jumps up and surprises you with a great big BOO!
The beer pours almost flat but gives off a fug of boozy fruits as the darkness fills your glass.
A big mean liquorice monster lurks in here, it knows its own strength and it’s not afraid to give you a smack.
Liquorice and juicy fruits, eastern spices and brittle resinous pines, the flavours are intense.
Star anise spikes coupled with hot chilli flakes that rake your tastebuds, waking them before scouring them.
Towards the end there are flowers and leaves, parma violet perfume and a playful fizzy sherbet.
And then, when the fairytale monsters leave, you have rum and raisin beauty tucking you in and saying goodnight before leaving you with an extraordinarily long dry kiss to send you on your way.

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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