“Aged in whisky barrel this massive beer has thick, velvety chocolate tones, coupled with rich raisin and currant notes.”
Appearance: Dense black with a wispy brown head which peeled back instantly. A half ring and a foaming island in the middle is all that remains. Little lace as we hook in.
Aroma: Stanky! But decadent in oh so many ways. The whisky barrels take centre stage with its dense and spicy Sherry notes which smell like they haven’t seen the light of day for a hundred years. Blackstrap molasses, espresso, licorice, ash, vanilla, milk sugars and nutty dark chocolate lay the boot in to the olfactory’s. Absolutely monstrous aroma!
Flavour: Like a mirror image of the aroma. The whiskey/barrels have complete dominance imparting sweet caramels, vanilla and spice. Akin to a top shelf Caribbean rum rather than whiskey. Still, that rich complexity and almost nutty whiskey note is strong with dark chocolate, ash, molasses, espresso, charred malts and even a pinch of maple. Phenomenal!
Mouthfeel: Beer soup…simply ladle this bad boy in to your gob. Thick, chewy and full bodied. Low Co2. Big booze – 13.5% – let’s say somewhat evident shall we?
Overall: This is a bloody ripper. Without a doubt on par with Ramjet. The only downside is it’s now in a bloody can! We’re completely down with cans but not for BA stouts.. these should always be in bottles. Just our opinion.