As has been mentioned once or twice before, I’ve been waiting eagerly for LOKA POLLY to make something dark.
Finally here I am with my favourite Fall LP on the stereo and a LP Stout to drink.
It’s been worth the wait, though their love of massively hopping everything means that this beer is far closer to a Black IPA than a traditional Stout.
There’s a solid treacle tart, coffee, honey and brioche malt body, it’s thick and chewy and satisfying, while the aroma is steeped in boozy figs and liquorice.
But then, instead of a soft calm hopping leading you to a smooth round Stouty finish you get slapped about with woody tobacco, lemon zest, orange marmalade and lots and lots of pithy green hedgerow undergrowth from the hops.
This is a superb beer but I’d argue it’s a step sideways from a Stout.