This beer sees the offerings from White Pony return to true form, by way of a massive 14% Imperial Stout.
First point to note – don’t drink this beer and attempt to drive any time soon. It is a DUI in a bottle!
It really is a big beer, pouring very dark brown to black without seeming to have the viscosity you might expect from such a beast. There is dark chocolate, heavily roasted malt, a little coffee, dried fruits like figs and raisins and enough of a Belgian yeast character to know where this beer was brewed.
If I have one criticism of this beer, it somehow feels a little thin-bodied; which isn’t something you’d normally say about a 14% behemoth. The flavours are really well balanced, and the big alcohol is really well disguised.
Fun Fact: while food and beer matching has become a feature of many websites, in truly eclectic style White Pony must be the only brewery to suggest a music pairing for their beers. The suggestion for this beer is ‘In Flames’ by the Jester Race. (Nope, me neither – but give it a go while tasting this beer!)