Pouring as black as can be and with a light creamy head, Black Sheep’s Imperial Stout smells of treacle and prunes and a hint of balsamic vinegar.
There’s a really big stewed fruit compote in here and it’s mixed up with a good cup of black coffee.
And then there’s walnuts and pine kernels before the hops start working on you with their citrus sharpness and crunchy leaf mulch dryness.
So far so good, right?
Unfortunately there’s also a rather unpleasant chalky stiffness that coats your tongue and, coupled with a quite nasty bitter and bilious vinegar tartness, it’s enough to completely spoil a beer that started out so well.
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