This beer is a late substitution for my planned beer #8. Same brewery (Siren Craft) but this is a small bottle and due to having to catch up following an illness-induced dry day yesterday I thought this would be a better option. It was a particularly attractive beer though which I picked up at Cotteridge Wines last week so it was always a possible replacement. I seem to have been loving Siren beers for ages now but they are relatively new having been born in 2012. In 2014 they won best new brewery in England by ratebeer.com and this particular beer is highly regarded with a rating of over 4.3 on Untappd. This beer is a collaboration with Denmark's highly rated gypsy brewer Evil Twin, a brewer with offices in both New York and Copenhagen.
This beer is brewed with heaps of muscovado sugar and English liquorice root. It is an 11.4% ABV stout that has been aged in hazelnut liqueur barrels and this is by far the best imperial stout I have tasted for many a long year. It is silky smooth with noticeable notes of both hazelnut and liquorice as you would expect from the description. For me this is absolute perfection in a glass and I am so glad it is one of my '12 Beers'.