Creme Brulee by Dark Star

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Beer Name: Crème Brulee

Brewer: Dark Star Brewing Co, Horsham, West Sussex, England, UK

Date Sampled: 2nd November 2016

ABV: 5.9%

Serving Type: Can

Location Sampled: Home

There I was, strolling through the supermarket, happily committed to a a few weeks of not buying beer so that I could work through the back log that I've created when BAM! Three new brews jumped into my trolley! It wasn't my fault, it was three beers that I'd never heard of before, let alone tasted. I mean, what kind of beer blogger would I have been if I'd just walked past them?

So I get home, place the beers safely onto my shelf and settle down with a cup of coffee to try and decide which ale I'm going to review next but as I lazily scroll through instagram for some inspiration.... BAM! The Leopold Tavern have gone and restocked their fridge, including a limited edition Crème Brulee stout from Dark Star Brewing. So of I pop to pick up a can, but I can't just buy that one, so before you know it I'm heading home with five new beers to sample. Ah well, not buying beer sounds a bit boring to me anyway!

Dark Star are a West Sussex based brewery who started life in the cellar of The Evening Star pub in Brighton but are now housed in a forty five barrel brewhouse in Horsham. Their beers have gone on to win multiple awards and you'll find them in many pubs across the south of England (and further afield I'm sure).

Crème Brulee is a limited edition which I'm guessing by the can design along with the time of year that it's found it's way into my hand, is brewed to be drunk in Autumn. It is definitely Stout season!

It pours a very dark brown although in the glass it is definitely black in appearance, with a small coffee coloured head that fades quickly.

It has a lovely nose, with vanilla, coffee, muscavado sugar and toffee welcoming you in.

On tasting the flavours from the nose all follow through, although in a more subtle way than something like Evil Twin's Imperial Biscotti Break. The flavours are well balanced but don't dominate what is clearly a very good stout. The finish is boozy with just the right amount of bitterness to cut through the initial sweetness.

Dark Star have created a cracking beer; I do feel that some of the flavoured stouts can become a little too gimmicky and sometimes offer a little more style than substance but this is not the case here. Crème Brulee is a very easy drinking stout and is perfect for a chilly autumnal afternoon.

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