Fox Friday ‘On The Couch’ Imperial Stout



Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Dense black with a fizzy three finger head which breaks over the rim. It takes an age to recede but as it does it leaves a magnificent wavy lace on the glass.

Aroma: Oh wow this is intense. Straight off the bat the vicious roasted malts throw out everything from espresso coffee and dark chocolate to raw cacao and charred wood. Then, like sun breaking through dark clouds, the heavenly toasted coconut and spicy vanilla lightens the vibe. We can’t wait any longer we’re going in for a taste.

Flavour: Well the intensity is unrelenting. Very fierce, quite bitter and a bit of a sting from the 9.1% ABV as well. That on top of the heavily roasted malt, espresso coffee and dark chocolate certainly makes for the more adventurous Stout drinker. Unfortunately the toasted coconut and vanilla has been drowned out and is hard to even pick up. Alas, it still surges into a burnt, bitter and warming finish which goes the distance.

Mouthfeel: Big and hefty. Nicely carbed though so it feels lighter than it actually is. Medium-full body. The 9.1% ABV shows through a bit too much for our liking.

Overall: Some definite strong points but also some weaker ones too. But hey, for $12 a tinny we ain’t gonna complain! That is very sharply priced for what it is.