I had my eye on this on Instagram when I saw it being brewed and ordered one as soon as it was canned. I was not disappointed.
It's a very dark brown ale with a small, loose, rapidly vanishing tan head that leaves a patchy foam. It smells SO boozy, which isn't a surprise as it has an ABV of 10%. The aroma is mouthwatering with notes of malt, treacle, chocolate, maple syrup, liquorice and vanilla. There's so much going on, it's like you smell something different with every sniff.
Full marks for flavour! Wow, this is impressive. It's a dark and decadent brew with treacle toffee, maple syrup pancakes, malt loaf and liquorice all having a party in my mouth. Mouthfeel is perfect with low but firm carbonation, and a full body that looks slightly syrupy as it clings to the glass but doesn't feel sticky on the tongue.
This is a very special beer. It's one to savour and take your time with as I didn't want it to finish. It is everything a dark ale should be with treacle and maple sweetness balanced with burnt roastiness. I was impressed that the high ABV didn't leave a strong alcohol taste in the mouth, simply a warming bourbon finish.
Very highly recommended and one Ale Be Seeing You again!
Brewed by Staggeringly Good Brewery, Portsmouth
My Untappd score: 4.75/5