This is Buxton’s “Classic” Stout and it’s superb.
It’s dry and warm and rich and delicious.
Pouring an inky black, the aroma is coffee and damson jam.
The malts are burned toast and bitter dark chocolate, espresso and runny honey, and the hops are brittle and crunchy, herbal, tart and fresh.
But what makes this little bottle of beer so very good is the dryness, it’s an almost sandy feeling on your tongue, and there’s a light smoky bacon hum in the background that wafts around a the sticky black molasses of the finish.
My only complaint is that I’d like it served as a pint.