Brew By Numbers 08|02 (9.9%)

Brew By Numbers keep on getting things right, and this Imperial Stout is no different.
It’s a treacle and molasses thick beer that pours an impenetrable black with a tiny cappuccino head and smells of coal tar soap and cocoa powder.
This is a dry beer, an almost sandy beer that’s packed with bitter chocolate and coffee, woody tobacco and burned wholemeal toast.
There’s a light smokiness, more coal tar soap than bonfire night, its creamy and smooth but incredibly pithy and dry, the rum and plum pudding booze adding some much needed roundness to a beer that has hops in it, though apart from the snap of autumnal leaf litter and a blob of orange marmalade you’d not notice them if they were absent.
08|02 is an absolute delight.

Source: Imperial Beer Club

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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