Gothic is an Imperial Stout.
A very good Imperial Stout.
Pouring an inky black, the aroma is India rubber and black cherries, and you find both in the flavour.
Not overwhelmingly, but definitely there.
The body of the beer is rich and bitter dark chocolate, black coffee, prunes and treacle, and there’s an autumnal snap of woodland foliage, nettle tea and lemon zest from the hops, even a hint of earthy spice that might be the yeast rearing its head.
And then, in the finish, just as everything is going round and rich and chewy, you find black cherries and a lightly petroleum driven India rubber thing.
It’s not unpleasant, in fact it’s quite nice in a smells and flavours reminiscent of childhood way, but it is definitely there and there’s no escaping it.