This Battle Horse is superb.
I got to know Colin Stronge when he was brewing at Black Isle, he’s a top bloke and a great brewer, and for Buxton’s 100th beer he’s brewed an Imperial Black IPA.
And it is, to repeat myself, superb.
Pouring inky black, the smell is Juicy Fruit chewing gum, rum and malt loaf.
There’s a hefty malt body that borders on an Imperial Stout with its whisky warmed treacle tart, smoked bacon, toffee and Marmite.
But there’s the hops of a Double IPA, sharp and sinewy, chewy with pine sap, glueing themselves to you with redwood resin, lime and lemon, mandarin and mango.
And with a finish that coats the entire of your skull with honey while it thwacks you with woody, nutty bitter hedgerow switches, Battle Horse is one hell of a beer.