It's a special beer from Durham Brewery so it must be Christmas Day. There is no need for debate here. When it comes to bottled beer Durham Brewery are number one. They have been brewing these crackers since 1994 and I have loved them for many years. They are not afraid to go high when it comes to ABV and they are not afraid to try many different beer styles too. Bedes Chalice (9.0% ABV) is the best Belgian Tripel you will see outside of Belgium, Benedictus (8.4% ABV) is a stunning strong golden ale, Temptation (10.0% ABV) is a stunning Russian Stout and their White Stout (7.2% ABV) is a pale stout beer of a kind that was brewed 200 years ago. My particular favourite was Redemption, an old ale that also exceeded the 10% ABV mark, but which is sadly no longer available. And another thing, these lovely beers do not come in those poncey 330ml bottles either. All in 500ml bottles so you have plenty of beer to enjoy!!
I have to thank Cotteridge Wines for getting this limited edition special for me. Imperious is an imperial stout, one which has been oak aged in whisky casks, and it clocks in at a whopping 11.6% ABV. The detachable label says it has been aged in whisky hogsheads to impart oak and vanilla flavours. There are actually strong bourbon notes and I am not a whisky lover so it doesn't attain top marks which I always give Temptation, their regular Russian stout. It does however have great character, plenty of body and a silky smooth texture. One that was supped slowly and the 750ml bottle lasted me all afternoon. A really pleasing beer for this special day.