It’s not often that I open a beer, pour it, take a sip and say, “oh wow,” out loud, but with this little can of Imperial Stout I found myself doing just that.
Brewed as Eight Arch’s 300th Gyle, this is an inky black beer with a little fuzzy cappuccino head and a smell packed with coffee and honey roast peanuts.
The malting is fathoms deep, sticky and round, warm and chewy, it’s heavy with molasses and honey, brown bread, bagels and bitter dry dark chocolate.
There’s a hit of hazel leaf and nettle tea hops, a swish of lemon rind and a dab of garden herbs before the coffee drenched brandy booze weighs in and makes everything fuzzy and fun, leading you to a finish that’s all brandy snap sweetness with a clean vodka kick.
It made me swoon.
Source: Eight Arch Brewing Co.