Ice Cream Series: Rocky Road by Buxton & Omnipollo

Monday, 9 January 2017

Beer Name: Rocky Road Imperial Porter

Brewer: Buxton Brewery, Derbyshire, UK in collaboration with Omnipollo, Stockholm, Sweden

Date Sampled:  8th January 2017

ABV: 10%

Serving Type: Bottle

Location Sampled: Home

Wow; Buxton and Omnipollo have done it again! Rocky Road is an Imperial Porter absolutely bursting with greatness.

The similarities between this and Yellow Belly are striking, but as both are born of the same collaboration that is not surprising.

In the glass, Rocky Road is thick, dark and still, with very little carbonation tickling the surface.

The aroma is intense, with marshmallow sweetness, brown sugar and biscuit swirling around, with a hint of booziness giving you a hint of what is to follow.

Although not as thick as some dark beers I've had recently, the lactose and lack of carbonation means that Rocky Road still has a lovely luxurious mouth feel.

The taste is amazing; the marshmallow carries through, along with malty biscuit, and the boozy finish, whilst not as punchy as the nose threatens, is very satisfying.

The only marshmallow beer I've tried previous to this was Tiny Rebel's Stay Puft, which I didn't enjoy a great deal (I think it's the only beer from Tiny Rebel that I haven't loved!). Rocky Road has a far more natural and balanced flavour, not something I thought I'd ever say about a marshmallow porter.

I'd be interested to do a side by side taste test of this with Yellow Belly; both are superb and clearly share a lot of DNA and without having both in front of me it's impossible to pick a favourite.

Buxton and Omnipollo are the collaboration that just keep on giving!

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