Horus Aged Ales ‘Goshawks Territory’ Imperial Stout


41367577_949477225236423_4225866104045568000_n“Imperial Stout with Almonds, Cacao, & Coffee added.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Pours like thick sump oil with hardly any head. It forms a halo and leaves a streaky lace drag in its wake.

Aroma: Seriously rich, intense and menacing. Our first thoughts are Amaretto, muscovado sugar, molasses, raw cacao nibs and sweet espresso coffee. It’s also impossible to miss the fresh vanilla beans, dark chocolate, warming alcohol and profiteroles along with undertones of treacle, charred malt and a very faint hint of marshmallow. Divine!

Flavour: Unbelievably viscous but more incredibly it’s smooth, decadent and rather sweet at times. Upfront there’s a delicious fusion of almond syrup, sweet coffee, molasses, dark chocolate and charred malts. A booze warmth coats the mid palate then rolls in to a bitter, roasted but also sweet and spicy finish with excellent length.

Mouthfeel: Dense, soupy and almost edible! Full body and a reasonably well behaved AbV of 13.6%. A slow but highly enjoyable quaffer.

Overall: For its weight and concentration it is dangerously easy to put back. How they do it is beyond us it is simply genius. Although it’s not barrel aged we feel this would still age well…the booze and the general size of it would surely hold it all together. Brilliant drop.