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.
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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..