Art of Darkness (3.5% ABV, cask)
Low-ABV, big flavour — one of my favourite types of beer. Art of Darkness punches well above its weight in terms of flavour and aroma. Deep red in colour, the beer is slightly smokey and has a bit of a lactose thing going on. Easy drinking, there are deep dried fruit and spicy notes from the hops. An easy-drinking delight.
Imperial Stout (10.5% ABV, bottle)
Very dark ruby red, with a beige head that stays well. On the nose, vinous, with hints of cherry, muscovado sugar and leather, and a spicy edge. Wonderful full body, rich and smooth, creamy even. Palate: well, there’s so much going on. There’s a base of espresso coffee, bitter chocolate with tones of cherry, some wood ageing notes, dark spice – a bit of black peppercorn. If this beer had arms it would be hugging me. (01-10-2017)
Revelation (5.7%ABV, cask)
Revelation? I’ll say. An exceptionally well balanced beer featuring light resinous hops and biscuity malt. Lemon citrus notes cut through the sweetness and there’s a moreish, bitter finish. (30-05-2015)
Revelation (5.7% ABV, can)
Golden, with a white head and a particularly piney aroma. On the palate there’s good biscuity malt, lemon pith fruit notes and some grapefruit, as well as a hint of sourness. Refreshing and very full bodied, with a slightly tart finish. (29-01-2016)