|Style –||Imperial Stout|
GOLD MEDAL WINNER – IMPERIAL STOUT
Over the years, craft /microbreweries have been continuing to up their game- creating or updating new styles, breaking the rules or bringing back an ancient recipe and creating new trends. Black Bridge is one of a few breweries across Canada that is part of the new trend of using foeders (large scale and new barrels) made from American White Oak. They chose to age an Imperial stout for a full year in theirs, which seems like a perfect choice!
This full-bodied, rich, almost black ale pours into my brandy style glass releasing amazing aromas of licorice, molasses, coffee and a hint of vanilla. The flavours are more intense. It finished off dry and bitter, with lovely aftertastes of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Hard to believe that this smooth and balanced ale is 11%! The alcohol is well hidden. A perfect evening sipping ale and even better with ice cream or dark chocolate.
Rich, complex malt aromas of molasses, vanilla, liquorice, and sherry are complemented by notes of allspice, a subtle wood character and esters of dark stone fruit – raisins and prunes. This Imperial stout is black and opaque, with a foamy, tan head that clings seductively to the edge of the glass. The flavours are as bold and complex as the aromas with molasses, liquorice, cocoa, and coffee and an intense, lingering roastiness. The burnt grain character emphasizes bitterness, and a dry finish. Although the overall intensity is characteristic of this style, it will likely soften with aging. This powerful ale is full bodied with a vinous quality and smooth alcohol warming. Wonderful to share around a toasty fire and accompany with an extra creamy cheese.