This week I have picked out a couple of sippers to enjoy. These are unashamedly big, bold beers with abv’s to match so probably best enjoyed slowly. Beers to sip over a long summer evening.
Storm King from Victory Brewing is an Imperial stout weighing in at 9.1% alcohol but it hides that alcohol well. The smoothness of texture of this beer is evident from the moment you pour it and its deepest of black body and creamy head give you an idea of what’s in store.
Deep dark aromas leap from the glass, a complex mix of dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits with some fresh mint and alcohol in the background. The full soft body carries these aromas to the palate where they mingle with some delicate citrus and pine American hop notes before rounding out with a long bitter chocolate finish that urges you on for a another sip.
Backwoods Bastard is a seasonal brew form Founders with each year presenting slightly different. The last batch brewed in 2015 weighs in at 11.6% alcohol. This beer began life as Scotch ale or Wee Heavy before aging in bourbon barrels. Founders were one of the first American breweries to adopt a barrel aging program. They now have over 7000 barrels on racks at any one time, stored 85 feet below ground in an old gypsum mine.
Backwoods Bastard pours chestnut brown with a light creamy head. Sweet malts and rich bourbon aromas jump out of the glass. That bourbon is evident on the palate but in raped up with nutty caramel and dried fruit form the malt. The long smooth whisky finish is lifted with just a touch of bitterness. The overall balance of this beer is just incredible.
Both of these beer are on offer in our American Craft Sale but be quick this offer ends this Sunday 26th of June.