Saturday, 28 April 2012

REVIEW #105: Vitesse Noir (Hardknott Brewery)

Pours just about black with an orange tinted brown head. Woody chocolate and phenol aroma. Woody cocoa, some black coffee, rum and peppermint notes and some faint aniseed. The roast barley is more subtle, buried somewhere deep in the huge malt base. The finish is full of alcohol and milky crème de menthe. The body is somehow coarse but not particularly full. The beer is full of deep complex flavours though. Intense, delicious and just what I want from an Imperial Stout.

Hardknott sum this beer up nicely: "It’s a triple imperial stout with lots of stuff in it. It’s full of beans, three different types in fact (coffee, vanilla and cocoa). It’s 11% and black. You wouldn’t neck it very fast, it will be seriously expensive for one thing. Also, you wouldn’t drink much of it because of the intense flavours. It is unlikely to cause major drunken behaviour mainly because it is aimed at beer geeks rather than tramps.". Now that's how to summarise a beer! Vitesse Noir was partly devised and brewed by Steven Pejica of

  • MALTS: ?
  • HOPS: ?
  • IBU: ?
  • ABV: 11%
  • brewed with vanilla, coffee and chocolate

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