Dark Star Brewing Imperial Stout 10.5%

Dark Star, yes; but dark horse, absolutely not. Dark Star brewing were placed firmly in the limelight when they won the Gold award in the stout class in the London & South East Area section of the Campaign For Real Ale Champion Beer Of Britain 2015.

The Brighton-based brewery have brought together magnum and East Kent hops, plus flaked barley, roasted barley and crystal malts are matured extra slowly to give a rich complex imperial stout:

Look

Deep ruby, bordering on jet black, on the pour with a small creamy brown head. The long maturation process makes the beer look dense and full-bodied, with a small to medium carbonation.

Nose

Rich aromas driven by coffee and darkly roasted malts, dark chocolate. Some tinges of molasses and oak as well forest fruits and berries.

Taste

Again focus on espresso coffee mixed with rich dark chocolate plus vanilla and even caramel plus a treacly velvety mouthfeel.

Verdict

An imperial stout as imperious as the Death Star. But by Dark Star. Strong, complex and meant to be savoured.

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