Northern Monk X Against The Grain ‘Kentucky Shire’ Breakfast Stout


54730296_1057502374433907_3598156676684840960_n“When looking to brew with our good friends from Against the Grain, we looked to brew an American classic but with a decidedly Yorkshire twist; and like our previous collaborations together, with a touch of Southern hospitality! The result? This delicious Anglo-American inspired stout!”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black with two fingers of creamy brown foam emerging on top. It holds its shape and weaves a fine lace down the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Dark, roasty charred malts, coffee, peppers, nutmeg and chilli-infused dark chocolate. Definitely getting raw and almost bitter cacao working in to the mild campfire and peaty notes. Just a flutter of fresh vanilla bean hidden deep in there too.

Flavour: Nice transition from the nose. Big impressions of bitter roasted coffee, dark chocolate and cacao are brilliantly balanced by sweet vanilla and hints of chewy treacle. All the way through is this interesting spicy accent – best described as red peppers or some version of peppercorn – which carries in to the warming finish. Superb length on offer.

Mouthfeel: Not as meaty as were anticipating but still it holds up on the palate with a mild warmth from the 7.3% AbV. Mild-moderate co2.

Overall: It wasn’t just the potential KBS factor that led us to try this…it’s also the incredibly eye-catching artwork on the can that naturally stands out on the shelf. Definitely isn’t on KBS level but it’s still a worthy drop.