“Baltic Imperial Stout, brewed with Commonfolk Coffee. Brewed to be served as a black & tan with BBco/Dainton Stratisfaction Cacao Cream Ale.”
Appearance: As black as midnight with a loosely packed two finger head perched on top. Steady reduction with patchy lace as we go.
Aroma: There’s no doubt this huge impy stout has a brawny bottom end. The base malts offer all those rich and indulgent regulars like coffee, roasted dark malts, burnt toast and tobacco but it just seems to be lacking that intensity expected from this type of stout.
Flavour: Like the aroma those big hallmark flavours of coffee, toasted malts, licorice and leather come on strong. Getting hints of that 10% ABV through the mid but a faint vanilla note soothes it. Bitter cocoa, roasted malts and warming alcohol round it all out.
Mouthfeel: Oily and rather light on for a stout of its size. Plenty of warmth and quite a surprisingly high bitterness level (50 IBU). Mild-moderate body and co2.
Overall: She’s rich and comforting but it’s the lack of body that really detracts from this stout. We’d be lying if we didn’t say we were expecting a lot more.