Black Boar Imperial Oatmeal Stout – ABV 10.2%

One of the best stouts in Ireland if not beyond, the creamy oatmeal and rich roasted malts give off notes of dried fruit, caramel and vanilla.

Look: It begins with inky black pour and a light brown head.

Aroma: Chocolate roasted malt, cocoa and liquorice.

Taste: The mouthfeel is unctuous the oatmeal with the perfect level of carbonation, and the taste is a rich and complex blend of roasted malt, dark chocolate, dried fruit, caramel and vanilla.

Food pairing: Enjoy it with a few squares of good quality dark chocolate.

Verdict: This isn’t a beer that seeks to innovate; it’s just very, very good. And if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.