This is the second time we’ve featured a beer from La Pirata (The Pirates), from the town of Suria in the Catalonia region less than an hours drive out of Barcelona. Since setting up their own brewery in late 2015, they have firmly established themselves as one of Spain’s best small breweries.
And this beer – Black Block – is one of the favourites having won many awards for this beer.
As you pour the beer, the dark viscous body and heavy aroma will tell you that this is an imperial stout. And the nicely tanned foam is one of my tells for a sign of a complex, tasty imperial stout.
The big roasty malt body presents flavours of bitter dark chocolate, burnt toast, molasses, caramel with hints of coffee and licorice. While the flavours are intense, it doesn’t get too sweet – balanced out with the bitterness of the roasted malts and some hop bite.
The mouthfeel is really smooth and full, with just a gentle warmth covering the high ABV of this beer. This is one to sit on, allowing it to warm up and evolve as you sip and savour.