Another day, another beer from Lidney. This one doesn’t have an ABV listed, but BeerAdvocate calls it 8.25%. (I used to post technical info on these reviews from the brewery website, but if no one’s really reading who cares?)
(Yeah, I used a mug, because that’s how I roll today.)
Pours dark brown (not quite black) with thick creamy head. Reasonable carbonation. Some lacing on the inside of the glass.
Smells very English, hints of licorice and toffee. Tons of classic brown malt. No discernable hop.
Flavor is right on. Straight up English-style Imperial Stout. I wonder if they’re using a historical recipe for this one? Ron Pattinson could tell me how accurate this is to a high-gravity stout circa 1850, I’m sure. Lots of rich coffee and chocolate character. Hints of raisins. Perhaps a touch floral?
Reviewing this as a classic American Stout or Imperial Stout would make this look bad. The can emphasizes the brown malt used, which leads me to think they’re trying specifically for a sort of historical recreation. Either way it’s very drinkable and makes me happy on a Wednesday evening. Quite good.
Fifteen months in, and I’ve now done 250 video beer reviews. I spent way too much time on this hobby.
It’s all for your benefit, though. I received this bottle in trade with Lidney, and was going to hang onto it until after its “best after” date, but fellow BGNer Jamison, who can get this beer much more regularly than me, told me that “it’s drinkin’ pretty good right now.” Good enough for me, good enough for review 250.
Sometimes those highly-anticipated beers don’t quite live up to the hype. This was not one of those times.
Beyond the Pour grade: A+