Named after Sisi, the estranged wife of Franz Joseph, Emperor of Austria, who visited Cromer in 1887, Poppyland’s Imperial Austrian Porter has spent a whole year barrel ageing.
More importantly, it’s an absolute beauty.
Pouring black hole dark, the smell is cherry brandy and fig biscuits, and those biscuits turn up in the body of the beer too.
You find a bitter chocolate, espresso, honey and burned molasses malt, sticky and mouth filling, it feels incredibly satisfying.
And there’s a good woody hop hit, all nettle tea, hazel and pithy hedgerow leaves, and all of this is warmed through by the Jamaica rum of the alcohol and rounded out by a delightfully damp and earthiness that comes from the barrel ageing.
It has a dry red wine tannin edge and makes for a warm boozy finish that you won’t want to end.
Source: Poppyland Brewery