Saltaire XS Imperial Stout pours dark brown in the glass, and has a rich roasted aroma with dark chocolate and a hint of forest fruits.
The hops definitely take a backseat with this one; it’s all about the malts.
To taste it reminds of an Espresso made with freshly ground beans, rich and fruity – and there’s a subtle spiciness from Brambling Cross hops added late in the boil.
The roasted malts in this beer pair really nicely with chocolate.
Try it with a nice thick slice of chocolate cake, and to add some contrast a good dollop of whipped cream.