Back in (Barrel-Aged) Black: IBC attends Boozers without Borders
On Tuesday 28th March, Imperial Beer Club attended the boozy-yet-worthy cause of Boozers without Borders.
These are a series of regular events which bring together beer fans to enjoy beer and raise money for Help Refugees charity.
A strong crowd had assembled at the Draft House Chancery, at Plough Place near Holborn in London and they looked thirsty. Fortunately, with a selection of beers from Mad Hatter, Põhjala Brewery, Orbit Beers, Weird Beard, Fourpure, Thirsty Smile and more, there were plenty of cracking tipples to sample.
Here’s our pick of the best imperial stouts from the evening:
1. Põhjala Brewery – Pime Öö (ABV: 13.6)
From Estonian brewery Põhjala, this syrupy, dark and strong imperial stout was brewed to celebrate the longest night of the year – ‘Pime Öö’ translates to ‘Dark Night’.
Made with Munich, Special B and Chocolate malts and Magnum hops, the aroma definitely brings to mind a dark and broody winter evening.
2. 40FT Brewery – Deeper (ABV: 7.0%)
The logically named export-strength version of 40FT’s Deeper, this is a chocolatey, velvety and earthy imperial stout.
Malt, toffee and almost a hint of tobacco and woody finish, this one boasts plenty of dried fruits.
3. Lervig – 3 Bean Stout (ABV: 13.6%)
Norway meets Brazil in this collaboration with Way Beers, and the three beans in question are tonka, vanilla and cocoa. Boy, do they show through.
Complex layers of cinnamon, vanilla, the highly perfumed tonka, chocolate, red fruits and dark caramel finish hide the crazily high ABV very well.
4. Weird Beard – Sadako (ABV: 9.2%)
These chaps are already a favourite brewer of IBC but this imperial stout is yet to feature in our monthly box.
Honey, molasses and coffee beans are added to the boil to make this is a complex and creamy, lightly carbonated imperial stout with strong aromas of roast malts and bitter chocolate.
5. Mikkeller- Beer Geek Breakfast Stout (ABV: 7.5%)
Copenhagen’s phantom brewery has made another smash hit with this imperial stout made using 25% oat-based ingredients.
Caramunich caramel-flavoured malts mix with gourmet coffee, chocolate malts, roasted barley, flaked oats and centennial and cascade hops to create a smoky, fruity treat.
Other friends who came out to play
Some Imperial Beer Club favourites were also on show, beers that members will be familiar with. Click the link to read our reviews:
Support Boozers Without Borders
It’s not often you get to drink fantastic beers and make the world a better place – so Boozers without Borders is a pretty special idea.
You can also help by joining Imperial Beer Club by 9pm on Friday 7 April. Use the discount code BOOZERS at checkout and we’ll give you 10% off your first box plus donate a further 10% to Boozers without Borders.