2nd beer of the night in front of the Shutter Island on the box. Leo Di Caprio is my favourite actor by a fair way, so was ready for a good couple of hours in front of this thriller. Sun setting outside, so thought it was time for a quality stout...hopefully this would be a good'un.
Can is mostly dark blue with splodges of yellow and red that looks like slowly dripping paintwork...quirky!
Can opening gives you feint blueberries on a chocolate background. First mouth feeling is that this is one thick milk stout! There's lovely biscuit flavours delivering a rich core, before a bunch of blueberries tickle the tongue right at the end. I wouldn't have minded a bit more blueberry to be honest, but the sweet finish and full cookie hit is just delicious and easily compensates. This is a cracking pastry stout, simple as.
Right, the song I'm putting with this beer is Californian performer Finneas and 'Let's Fall In Love For The Night'. At base value it's a happy song that gives depth and feeling to it's words, then that little chorus bounce kicks in that mirrors that lovely blueberry of the 'Double or Muffin' drink!
2nd beer of the day after a refreshing shower that was slightly negated by me sweating 10 mins later due to the lovely May sun. However the plan is to have a few ciders and games tonight with the Mrs, so a nice beer before tea is just the ticket.
We have a rose coloured can with a nice flower etching on the front...solid and simple design that does well for this brand.
First smell is giving me some Apricot and Cinnamon straight off the bat. There's definitely more of the same after that, but with a nice chocolatey injection for that imperial hit. Some notable 'Christmas' flavours really come through, giving you that need to crack one open in front of an roaring fire and kick back in a leather chair. Bit too much of a Chai spice for me, but a nice stout with some quality ingredients that can't be ignored.
I'm feeling chilled music with a smooth caramel voice for this one, so 'Let There Be Love' by Nat King Cole it is. The rich notes combine perfectly, and that touch of spice represents that special something in the great man's voice. Cosy up relax and let the class wash over you...
Don’t know if it’s the whole song per se, but certainly the riff and the opening few bars of Robert Plant’s caterwauling seem apposite. It’s 10:30pm, a time at which I would not normally be finishing, let alone opening a coffee stout, but after a busy day home-schooling/child-wrangling and working round the house, I’ve failed miserably to get all my work done, so the laptop’s out and coffee is very much the order of the day night.
As I’ve been a good boy though, I also deserve a beer, so the only sensible (not sensible) thing to do is to combine the two. Alongside the coffee and malt on the nose, there is a decent amount of vanilla and cocoa there up front, but they’re just sweetening you up ahead of a big slap of caffeine and a lingering, roasty, bitter finish; definitely more espresso than the latte you get with some regular coffee stouts.
It’s certainly not subtle, there are more complex imperials out there (including from Wild Beer themselves) and it’s not as thick a mouthfeel as you might expect from an 11%er, so I can see why some people might not like this. But I’m not some people. Certainly not at this time of night, and not with a shed-load (possibly a small warehouse) of data to analyse. Right now, this is just what I needed. So no, my life is not exactly ‘Valhalla, I am coming’, but I’m definitely ‘ah-ah-aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh-ah’! And I’m definitely awake.
"You got a new horizon, it's ephemeral style. A melancholy town where we never smile."
Worst task of the week to mix with people whilst doing the big shop this morning, but got it sorted and the Mrs was happy with her new stocks of wine! The sun popped out again, so had a little wander before doing my exercises and sitting down for a nice afternoon beer that would hopefully round off the day nicely.
I may be a bit short and to the point, but just try and imagine a methed up Joker version of the Honey Monster....that's the look of the can!
First smell as you open the can is just quiet and gentle stout aroma. Following swig definitely reminds you of a nice bowl of sugary cornflakes though and gets you buzzing a bit! It's a really milky mouthfeel with a sugary hoppy hit at the end and a consistent background of thin chocolate, but to be honest there's just a lot going on that makes you want to come back and experience some more. It's a really interesting 10% ABV drink that I'd recommend you give a try as I think it touches a lot of bases with the raw quality clearly evident.
Let's pair this cracker with Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc. A song that gives you that rich and thick bass beat with a 'sugar rush' buzz synth effect on top. They both offer a melting pot of ingredients giving you something different with every encounter...
I believe I wanna take you to the promised land.....
Siren Craft Brew teamed up with one of the world's leading meaderies, Arizona based Superstition, to produce Mind On My Honey. Badged as a Creamed Imperial Stout Braggot it really highlighted my ignorance about the world of mead and I immediately hit Google for enlightenment. A braggot is apparently a form of mead made with both honey and barley malt. Based on what I've just written it won't surprise you to learn that I have no benchmark to compare this with but what I can tell you is that if they all taste this good I have serious doubts as to what I've been doing up to this point in my life because this is immense!
The beer itself is as complex as its name. Upon opening your senses are overwhelmed with big, heavy honey aromas. The first taste blew my mind, there was so much going on. A rich, full mouthful of sticky, smokey goodness followed by a hot and spicy chilli tingle as you swallow that lingers on your tongue and throat before the sweet honey finish kicks in.
Bravo Siren, you've absolutely knocked it out of the park with this absolute banger!
As cool as Huey Morgan of the Fun Lovin' Criminals and as smooth as Barry White - Brew York have taken everything great about their milk stout Tonkoko and beefed it up into this absolute belter of a beer. Coming in at 7.5% it's at certainly at the lower end of the ABV scale for imperial stouts but it certainly isn't lacking when it comes to flavour and mouthfeel.
On pouring you are treated to enticingly sweet aromas of nuts, chocolate and vanilla. On first sip you are treated to a rich, silky smooth mouthfeel and the flavours come through in waves. A big initial hit of tonka bean and coconut gives a lingering nutty taste that is complimented by waves of chocolate and vanilla. This really is a pleasure to drink. This decadent brew is the closest we've come to finding a 'session' imperial stout!
You say you're ready, if I'm an animal. Let's get a room real soon. We'll call the supernatural.
Demon In Profile is a deliciously dark track from the Afghan Whigs with layered keys, guitar and brass that build into an epic sound. A mournful masterpiece that compliment's Wylam's Club Of Slaughters perfectly. A rich, incredibly complex monster of an imperial stout with waves of flavour that envelop the senses. On opening the bottle you are greeted with smokey, boozy aromas of port and peat that also come through strongly int he flavour, taking your taste buds on a dark journey. Fruity red berries, spices and strong boozy port dominate the palate before giving way to a lingering smokey, peat finish.
Demon to some. Angel to others. Club Of Slaughters won't be to everyone's taste but if you do dance with the devil tonight don't you dare look him in the eye.
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Combining two of his passions in life, beer and music. Left Field Beer founder, Mike, seeks to answer life's big question: What does my beer sound like?
Formally limited to cider and Southern Comfort, but now enjoying the Craft Beer path to enlightenment..