It’s a 33cl bottle and tips the scales at 10.2%. Interestingly, the bottle also tells me that the beer was brewed on 24th March 2011 and that it will keep for five years. Not in the Tyson house, it won’t. It also suggests a serving temperature of 15C. Now that might be ok in London, but I served it at 13C which is more than warm enough in my book.
It was extraordinarily lively, but finally settled down to a very dark, almost black, brown hue with a large, tan head. The aroma was a good mix of caramel, dark chocolate and dried fruits. Taste wise, it had lots of sweet malt, coffee and dried-figs?-fruit.
The high alcohol content was quite well hidden, with the hops content just high enough to offset the sweetness. There was a touch of spice that lingered in the aftertaste. Overall, quite a tasty little number, particularly given its strength.