In a word, superb.
Strannik is a big satisfying Imperial Stout.
It pours as black as pitch with a cappuccino head and its smell is cocoa powder, coffee grounds and sour damsons.
There’s a lovely heavy body to Strannik, it feels weighty on your tongue and its malts are burned toast, bitter chocolate, treacle and bonfire cooked jacket potato skins, all charcoal warm earthiness.
But all the bitterness is beautifully rounded out by sweet honey and cut through with green tea and garden border sharp hops.
The finish is long and dry, sticky and bitter and very more-ish.
Two beers in and Northern Monk are looking frighteningly good.
Source: Northern Monk Brewing Co.