Wildebeest by Wild Beer

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Beer Name: Wildebeest

Brewer: The Wild Beer Co, Somerset, England

Date Sampled:  28th April 2017

ABV: 11%

Serving Type: Bottle

Location Sampled: Home

It says something about the quality of this beer that when I cracked it open on a Friday night two weeks ago I was too focussed on enjoying it to go to the effort of firing up my laptop and writing the review.

Somerset based Wild Beer are a company that continues to impress me; their hoppy pale ales and IPAs that I've experienced have been incredibly sessionable (Bibble, Madness) and Millionaire, their Salted Caramel Chocolate Milk Stout, is a joy.

Wildebeest is an Imperial Espresso, Chocolate and Vanilla Stout; a combination that regular readers will know is one that is bound to get me interested.

It pours out of the bottle jet black and glossy, like crude oil. It has a caramel coloured head that does a reasonable job of hanging about.

Wildebeest has a rich and punchy aroma, full of vanilla, dark chocolate and bitter coffee.

It has a creamy and luxurious mouth feel.

On tasting the vanilla and smooth coffee dominate; that coffee then becomes something more bitter, along with dark cocoa. There's alcohol present, but it isn't overpowering. The whole thing reminds me of a chocolate covered coffee bean, which just so happens to be one of my favourite posh sweets.

Wildebeest is a grown up beer, full of flavour that encourages relaxed sipping and savouring. I'll definitely buy this again.

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