North Brewing Smoked Imperial Stout (10%)

Brewed in collaboration with Buxton, this is a very good Smoked Stout.
Pouring an inky black with a little foamy head, the aroma is Cherry Brandy Chocolate Liquer, you know, those little bottle shaped chocolates you thought you’d gotten drunk on at your Aunt’s house one Christmas.
There’s a massive brown bread and almond cake, treacle tart and honey malt body, along with a wood fired back bacon smokiness that hints at Frazzles but brings a wash of Maple syrup to the party.
The hops add a pithy green bitterness, a slap of stinging nettles and a splash of lemon curd, but this is a beer that’s all about its big woody malty heart, pushed along by its rum and raisin booziness, a beer to take time over, a beer to sip at while you listen to something off the wall.
Mesmerising.

Source: Pop’n’Hops

About Simon Williams

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