Brewed in collaboration with Stillwater Artisanal, this is an Imperial Stout that slinks out of its bottle thick and black as tar with the deepest tawny brown head.
The aroma is brandy and chocolate, warm and round and gooey and it entices you in.
And when you take a swig you find that not only does the beer look thick when you pour it but it’s so sticky that it coats the inside of your face, glueing itself to you and refusing to leave.
There’s deep bitter chocolate, espresso, Soreen malt loaf, honey and toast that’s been burned on an open fire, as well as a super brittle woodland undergrowth from the hops.
They’re leafy and crunchy and brown, cutting across the head spinningly rich malts and bolstered by a dark boozy rum warmth that leads yo to the treacle tart and plum of the finish.