White Cell by Time & Tide and Weird Beard

Monday, 5 June 2017

Beer Name: White Cell

Brewer: Time and Tide Brewing, Deal, Kent, London, UK and Weird Beard Brew Co., London, UK

Date Sampled: 5th June 2017

ABV: 9.7%

Serving Type: Can

Location Sampled: Home

Regular readers of the blog will be fully aware of my love for Time and Tide; a relatively young brewery who have consistently impressed me with their approach to beer making, especially Kraken, Spratwaffler and Domino. Weird Beard, another brewery very much in the 'modern craft' realm of producers have also established themselves with their quality and innovation; Holy Hoppin' Hell is a punchy DIPA that I loved and 7th Church of the Apocalyptic Lawnmower wins marks for being an inventive beer and having probably the coolest name in the industry!

So I couldn't help but get excited when I heard that the two breweries were collaborating and I became positively giddy when I received an early pre release package of the two beers.

I'll review 'Call Your Friends' tomorrow but tonight will concentrate on White Cell, an imperial white stout.

It pours a deep amber colour, slightly hazy, with a bright white head that laces wonderfully; it almost looks like a bitter in the glass.

The nose is stunning. Vanilla, rich cocoa, burnt caramel and fresh ground coffee are all present.

Thankfully all of those aromas follow though into the flavour. The creamy vanilla and burnt caramel are first up, followed by a bitter finish of dark chocolate and fresh brewed coffee. It's like having a crème brulee followed by a very posh mocha!

The almost double figure ABV is completely hidden beneath the amazing depth of flavour and, along with the smooth mouth feel, ensures that the total package is one of luxury.

The first part of this collaboration between Time & Tide and Weird Beard is a definite success and White Cell is definitely one to pick up when it goes on general release on 16th June... pop back tomorrow to see my review of part two.

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