8% Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout
It's been a wee while since I did a beer tasting at home because of the mega busy bank holiday here in York. I work a hospitality job as my day to day, which means some evenings I rarely step foot in the house before I'm in bed. These turned up in the fridges this week which means I had to grab one and crack it open as I was unable to resist that bright pink can.
Pours inky black with a quick rising head that disperses just as fast.
It smells like hot chocolate left to go cold, tonnes of cocoa powder and obviously a milky sweetness.I'm pretty sure sticking your face over an open tin of Cadburys hot chocolate powder smells the same. There's a slight hint of vanilla and an oakyness.
Flavour is mellow, not overdone on the chocolate. I was expecting mega sweetness from this, almost like a dessert beer but it wasn't quite as big. Clear roasted bitterness but backed with that chocolate, like the good quality 70% cocoa stuff you get form Green and Blacks. Mouthfeel is thick, with minimal carbonation - seems like it all came out of solution during the pour.
I know many BrewDog bars have this one in stock, give 'em a shout on Twitter if you want to find out for yourself. Cheers!
10% Imperial Stout
The end is almost nigh for our Omnipollo showcase! This is beer number 5 of 7, and I'm not going to lie, it's been tough going drinking so many beers above 10%. Nothing a few cups of tea and the occasional nap in between beers can't fix!
Another huge dense body, jet black and inky. It coats the glass well with it's viscosity.
Having only recently drank Noa, this one is very reminiscent, although the pecans seem very prominent in this one. Noa had a dark brown sugar or molasses aspect where as this pushes the nuts to the forefront. Elements of vanilla, gingerbread and chocolate pudding as well.
Flavour is very similar, lots of chocolate pudding, pecan, vanilla with a little roasted bitterness from the dark malts. It reminds me of a sweet hot chocolate, that's gone cold. And is 10% ABV.
This was another purchase from honestbrew.co.uk which at the time of writing still has some in stock!
5.2% New England IPA
My first taste of Shindigger, another Manchester based brewery. Founded as a duo selling homebrew at student parties, they now operate as 'shadow brewers' - utilising spare capacity from other breweries to make their beers. I loved the can art on this one, which was my inspiration for picking it up.
Hop fumes balloon out of the can ass soon as it's cracked, pouring a dense hazy pale straw into the glass. The head evaporated quickly, but formed a decent sized white head when it lasted.
The smell is all tropical fruit, with mango, passionfruit, papaya, pineapple and mango at the forefront.
I was surprised at how thick the mouthfeel was at only 5.2% abv. Imagine a light version of a Cloudwater offering, lacking the booziness and slight hop burn. Instead, a soft initial flavour of stone fruits like apricot and peach is backed up with mangoes and pineapple. Slight bitterness on the back end but very easy drinking.
This one was another bottle shop purchase, give your local a shout if you like the sound of it!