Step Up (5% ABV, can, collaboration with Rock Leopard Brewing Co)
This is one of my favourite beers of 2020 so far, although one way and another I probably haven’t tried as many as I would have normally by now. Jet black in the glass with a long-lasting creamy head, there’s an aroma of mocha coffee and some smokiness, but nothing overpowering. This is one very smooth and easy-drinking stout, with toasty malt notes and coffee dominating, and an accent of plum fruitiness and some burnt toffee. Then that smokiness comes back on the finish. A super piece of teamwork to put this together. Five per cent of the proceeds from the beer go to charities and causes helping those facing society’s biggest hurdles.
Buy: I got mine from Red Elephant Beer Cellar, Truro, and it’s also available online at Hop Burns & Black and Rock Leopard’s own site, among others.
(26th April, 2020)
Cloudwater Brew Co | Manchester
Rock Leopard Brewing Co | Welling