Sitting down to enjoy a beer from our French brewery La Debauche is often a more cultural experience than you may have planned for. The label art on their bottles is both attractive and intriguing. It can take a few minutes to analyse the label, looking for a hidden meaning, cultural reference or simply a hint from the brewery as to what the beer you are about to enjoy should be.
‘Nevermore’ is the word muttered by ‘The Raven’ in the Edgar Allan Poe’s poem from the mid-nineteenth century. It is a tale of loss and despair, with the raven symbolising a dark and sorrowful state of being.
The beer is dark and imposing, but that is where the despair ends. It is a rich imperial stout, aged with American oak from bourbon barrels.
Dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, caramel, coffee, licorice, vanilla and a hint of sweet bourbon meld well with the medium hop bitterness. This lifts up the body, with an earthy minerality drying the beer on the finish for a really well balanced and dangerously drinkable beer.
Go on – read the poem while you are sipping on this beer!