For my 7th beer of Xmas my true love sent to me…
So while yesterday was all about the Strongman, today normal service resumes…
Thornbridge Hall / St Eriks ‘Imperial Raspberry Stout’ (10% ABV / 500ml)
Another blog that I’m doing live and I’m already a good halfway through this bottle as I start.
First thing I’m going to say is “wow”, followed by “wow” and then just one more “WOW”. As soon as the top is off there are sweet fruity aromas flooding out of the bottle and waiting to get into the glass. The pour is fairly thick and black and leaves a lovely thick creamy (and possibly pink tinged) head. The fruit aromas continue in the glass and there’s only the slightest roasted hint in the background.
On the first taste, the is the sharp, tart, berry hit from the raspberries, followed by more sweetness, a little sugar and then an ever so slight bitter roasted hint right at the very end.
THIS IS AMAZING. It’s more sour than stout but then there’s the roasted finish. It’s also a very sneaky 10% as I feel that it’s far too easy to drink at this ABV and I may be regretting this very soon.
I’m just getting more and more of the fruit as the beer warms and the bitter, roasted finish is so well balanced that it just keeps pulling you in for more.
I’m going to stick my neck out and say this is probably one of the best stouts that I’ve ever tasted. Well for 5 more days at least…
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