One week to go folks!
Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout - 10.2%
I first tried this brew last year, and what a beast of a beer it was! Still just as great too... Luscious aromas of freshly ground coffee are complimented by the finest dark chocolates, burnt rye toast and very dry dates, it's almost sinful! Bonfire toffee and treacle also complement this jet black beer with subtle hints of liquorice backing up the nose.
The beer itself is magnificently smooth and quite sweet in the main body. Dark plum skins and cherries provide a very fruity feel with burnt brown sugars and caramalized chocolate malts. It's the finish where a roasted bitterness comes through with the charred liquorice and burnt toast. You're left with the faint warming hit of the (well hidden) 10.2% that wonderfully lifts the spirits.
For a brewery that's much more well known for it's hoppy pale ales, it's beers like this that give you the firm confidence that Sierra Nevada could never make a bad beer!