Caramel Fudge Stout by Brouwerij Kees

Monday, 23 January 2017

Beer Name: Caramel Fudge Stout

Brewer: Brouwerij Kees, Middelburg, Netherlands

Date Sampled:  23rd January 2017

ABV: 11.5%

Serving Type: Bottle

Location Sampled: Home

So it looks like tonight I'll be having pudding before my main course. I've had this bottle of stout in my stash for just over a month now, for no other reason than I had lots of other beers that I needed to drink.

Formerly the master brewer at Emelisse in Antwerp, Kees Buberman started Brouwerij Kees in 2014 and creates what he now thinks are the finest beers in the Netherlands.

This Caramel Fudge Stout is one that I've seen a few times online so when I saw it in Bitter Virtue last month, and knowing how much I love a good stout, I snapped it up.

It doesn't pour as thick as I'd expect from an imperial stout of 11.5% and the pale brown head does not hang around long. But the rich dark brown is very enticing.

The nose is stunning, with vanilla, cocoa and caramel all present. Then despite the lack of body on pouring, the first sip coats your tongue with a creamy viscosity.

The taste is as good as the nose, with the caramel having a cinder toffee depth to it, which works wonderfully with the smooth natural vanilla and bitter cocoa, before a strong boozy finish.

I haven't tasted enough Dutch beer to say whether Kees has delivered on his claims to be the main man in the Netherlands, but this Caramel Fudge Stout is very good. If it's indicative of his brewing, then he may just be right.



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