It’s a 9.5% Imperial Russian Stout. Or so it claims. But is it really a Russian Imperial Stout? Beer geeks go confer. Either way, it’s bottle-conditioned. It poured black as night with a nice tan head. The aroma was powerful: lots of big roast flavours, chocolate and coffee.
The beer itself was lovely and thick. It was quite a smooth drinking experience which was surprising given the strength. Flavour wise; there’s plenty of roast, dark chocolate and liquorice in there. There’s also a good dose of hops that deliver a dry, bitter finish. I’m reminded of espresso as the full flavour hits the back of the throat.This is a complex, rich, beer that belies its strength. Easy to drink, it delivers flavour in spades and is testament to Buxton’s great brewing skill