Appearance: Mat black with a finger of light brown foam atop. Decent retention and fine sudsy lace as we imbibe.
Aroma: Initially it has a touch of metal/iron which is a shame. Thankfully it subsides and we get more of the blood pudding, leather, dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, clove and lightly charred malts. There is a hint of sweetness here too…fresh vanilla bean and maybe even a flutter of maple. It actually develops in to quite a nice aroma.
Flavour: Heavy on the iodine/metallic notes upfront. It mellows in to smoother and more rounded rum and raisin, licorice and almond. It’s actually rather hoppy…leaning towards the spicy and herbal spalt variety if we had to guess. Toasty, mildly sweet and malty finish.
Mouthfeel: We don’t want to say it’s thin but it’s dangerously close. Rather light on and metallic in texture. The upside is the 7.5% AbV is nicely tucked away.
Overall: To be honest we’re a little underwhelmed. That unwelcome metallic character is too prominent throughout and there really isn’t anything here that excites us. Just above average in our opinion.