Brewed to a recipe from 1893, this is a wonderful stout that does everything you could want it to.
It pours a thick black tar with the merest ring of a head and smells gorgeous, filling your nose with peppery salad leaves (think along the lines of a nostril full of rocket), stewed fruit and chilli infused chocolate.
And the flavours are as terrific as the aroma, beginning with sherbet filled bitter chocolate, tingly and sharp, it turns into a coffee fuelled, woody raisin digestive biscuit covered in thick treacle toffee.
Everything’s thick and creamy and mouth coating with a lovely alcoholic warmth.
There’s a big hop presence here too.
It’s leafy and brown crunchy woodland, dry and red and autumnal, it gives a lovely resinous finish that’s full of crisp and pithy foliage and a squeeze of lemon juice.
What a brilliant take on a double stout.
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