Just like you, but different
This took my eye because the packaging, Shiney! So Stouts, Hurts, Punts, and Peeps
“…. Rum and raisin…”
This is the smaller 330 ml bottle which has beer that is 8.1%ABV, and 25 IBU, making it 2.11 standard drink units and 242 calories
Full bodied with roasted barley, chocolate malts and aromas of oak.
Raisins add a mild sweetness combined with the warmth of rum.
So, what could possibly go wrong?
Rich milk chocolate aroma on opening, with a slight hiss, some raisin perhaps.
Dark mahogany pour, ruddy dark red around the edges in the light, dark burnt toast head that was nice then went to a film.
Aroma in the glass is mellow, still that chocolate note to the fore.
Rich, full, fruity, with hints of rum, burn bitter to the finish and dry. There is a lot going on.
I’m really enjoying the whole range of things that this has, surprised by that milk sweetness at the front that gives away tot he bitterness, the fruity thing in the middle, and then the dry to finish.
A cheery and welcome surprise as Stouts go, this one seems to have been given a twist without going out on a limb, brining together a lot of the classical Stout things into one small neat package, and at the same time making it a bit stand out.
Fair to say that this is a bit good.
The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 of its things from the thing. I’m going out on a limb a bit, perhaps, but this really does pack a lot of favours in a small bottle, Whilst it might not be as smooth as some other Stouts, it does have a serious intent on the flavours.
The double dip review
Imperial stouts are usually extremely dark brown to black in color with flavors that are intensely malty, deeply roasted and sometimes with accents of dark fruit (raisin, fig) or milk sourness. The bitterness is typically medium and often the low sie of that. Imperial stouts are strong and often exceed 8% by volume.