London Beer Factory ‘Zia’ Tiramisu Imperial Stout


“A decadent stout modeled after the famed Italian dessert. Luscious mocha coffee aromas rise straight from the glass. Drinking – a velvety, creamy body is supported by rich roasted barley – backed by adjunct sweetness and roasted chocolate malts. A digestivo, dessert, and coffee in one.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Jet black with a light brown head which swells to about two fingers before slowly retracting. Good retention and healthy lace as it ebbs.

Aroma: It’s imitating a tiramisu pretty damn well it must be said. Coffee, powdered chocolate, lactose/milk sugars and Kahlua. Funnily enough we even get subtle notes of Lady Finger biscuits (or it’s just our heads telling us that coz it’s one of the best parts of a tiramisu!). Also picking up hints of hazelnut syrup, cream, roasted malts, white meringue and vanilla. Very well balanced!

Flavour: Yuuummm! Literally just like a slightly boozy tiramisu in liquid form. The front palate is awash with lactose, vanilla and white sugar but the coffee, cocoa powder and lightly roasted malts offer the perfect balance. Then the delicious savoury notes of biscuit come through. Coffee and a delicate hint of Kahlua tails in late and finishes sweet yet roasty with good duration.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, creamy and a little gelatinous. Finely carbed. The 9.2% ABV is incredibly well buried.

Overall: It’s another one of those situations where we’ve had our eyes on a brewery but had never felt compelled to have a crack. And once again we’re pleasantly surprised by the intensity, quality and overall balance. That’s a damn fine offering. Not badly priced either!