This is an absolute delight.
Black Grouse has been brewed with oak chips for, “a barrel aged flavour,” but that’s not quite what you get.
You see, what the oak chips have done is add a pithy woodiness, but it’s new wood not old.
It’s the the smell and feel of scraping the fleshy insides from canes, removing the tissuey pulp that’s at once woody, soft, fresh and, most importantly, satisfying.
Oh, and there’s a super dark chocolate aroma coupled with a whole brick of bitter chocolate and coffee form the malts, and a good crisp dry hedgerow hopping.
The finish is rich and round and warm.
I like this a lot.
Source: Beers Of Europe