OK it is nearly midnight so this will be quick. Cloudwater of Manchester are the best brewery in the UK at the moment. No debate here. This bottle just confirms that fact. And to think I have two more of their imperial stout editions that I am hibernating for next Christmas and beyond just makes me incredibly happy. It is only just over two years since I was sat in the Marble Arch, Manchester with Jim Cullen (aka BeersManchester) when we were joined briefly by Al and Emma. Al was telling us about the imminent launch of a new brewery that was going to specialise in seasonal beers. Sounded great and it really has been fantastic. This year I have had plenty of Cloudwater and I want more and more.
This is everything I was hoping for from every imperial stout in my #12BeersofXmas this year. To be honest though this is only one of two that has actually delivered. Great body with a lovely pop when I opened the bottle. Easily drinkable and so smooth you could skate on it. What an absolutely perfect way to bring in the new year.
Happy new year to everyone reading this. Let 2017 bring even more joy from Cloudwater.