Unorthodox has made me weak at the knees.
Not only is it a Russian Imperial Stout, which is one of my favourite beer styles, but it’s a Russian Imperial Stout brewed with rye which, as you ought to be well aware of by now, makes me a bit giddy.
Pouring an impenetrable black with a tiny ring of cappuccino bubbles for a head, the aroma is prunes stewed in brandy.
The malts are enormous, masses of bitter chocolate, treacle tart, burned wholemeal toast and that dirty earthy sexy pumpernickel from the rye.
And if that wasn’t enough there’s a huge hop hit that washes right across all this gloopy malty goodness.
Grapefruit zest and satsuma flesh, pine needles, hazelnuts and sharp green herbal leaves, work their way around your face and give a fizzy sherbet hit to the bitter sweet espresso fuelled finish.
Source: Cotteridge Wines