Hawkers ’21 Vintage Imperial Stout

Rating:

“Massive, lush, and dark as night, our 2021 Imperial Stout is a behemoth towering against an inky black sky with flavours of dark chocolate, espresso, and roasted malt. Drink now or cellar for another day—the choice is entirely yours, however there’s nothing like having one now and cellaring a second one for later.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: As black as the ace of spades and whipping up a humongous four finger head which takes an age to recede. An absolute smattering of lace is left on the glass.

Aroma: At its core it’s pretty big and ferocious. Heady notes of licorice, molasses, dark chocolate, raw coffee, ash, Jaffa and earthy hops. Yet once again we struggle to split the difference between not only this series’ previous vintages but other Impy stouts in general. Don’t get us wrong it’s a really well structured aroma but for us it’s just…another Imperial Stout aroma.

Flavour: Follows on from the nose; rich and aggressive roasted/charred malts, licorice, molasses, espresso, chocolate and bitter earthy hops. It hits a super ashy note midway, bordering on IPA-like bitterness before it tapers off into the classic charred malt characters of espresso, dark chocolate and licorice. The length on this bad boy deserves a mention though.

Mouthfeel: Nice and dense, full bodied. Low-ish Co2. The 10.5% ABV is fairly well behaved throughout.

Overall: Yeah nothing overly memorable unfortunately. Yes, it’s well brewed and also well structured but for us it’s like almost every other Imperial Stout on the market….good but not great.