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The 12th Beer of Xmas


For my 12th beer of Xmas my true love sent to me…

It’s been emotional and now we’re at the end. Here’s  the recap from the last couple of days of the #12beersofxmas

Magic Rock ‘Bourbon Barrel Bearded Lady’ Imperial Brown Stout (10.5% ABV / 660ml)

I’ve been excited about this one. Very excited. Lots of friends have drunk this and advised the best way to do it and how wonderful it’s going to be and I was just hoping it was going to live up to the high expectations.

I’m now a dab hand at getting through a wax seal (having done it once during this run) and after I got through it and cracked the top I was instantly greeted with sweet piney, roasted aromas. I simply could not wait to get this into the glass.

day 12The pour is thick, black (even though it’s a brown stout) and leaves a lovely creamy brown head. There is a big boozy aroma from the glass and you get coffee laced with cream while at the same time almost getting a whiff of JD and coke.

The taste is like nothing I have ever sampled before. It’s like a smooth espresso and the bourbon ageing is coming through in every gulp. But it’s not harsh, it’s smooth, it’s warming and it just makes you keep going in for more.

Big piney aromas continue throughout the drink, there is a thick flavour and finish, but I just can’t get over how smooth it is.

As I near the end of the glass the smoothness continues, but the roasted flavours begin too give way and there’s slight fruit tones in there. This is so well balanced and so well delivered – I am so pleased I left this one right until the very end of the run.

As I finish New Year’s Eve and head into a 31 day dry spell, I’m happy to be going to bed in the embrace of a bearded lady.

#12BeersOfXmas – leave a review of your beer for today below (or a link to your blog) and your Twitter name so we can give you a shout out. Merry Beermas!

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