I first came across this little gem at the Bhurtpore Inn Beer festival. I’d had a few Coastal beers before, all had been pretty good, their Erosion being a fine example, described as being a powerful, warming old ale, coming in at 8% it was certainly that and more..
For the last few days the Kernow’s been on at The Bulls Head in Burslem, I’d been eagerly awaiting the it’s arrival as soon as the pump clip appeared on the “coming soon” board and had even managed to blag a couple of pre pump pints from the cellar. 😉 In a similar vein to Erosion this is a dangerously drinkable beer, it slides down far too easily for a 9% Imperial Stout that’s for sure. As it’s delivered across the bar the first thing that strikes you is the appearance, a swirling mass of dark brown, slowly settling to a jet black body topped with a thick chocolate brown foamy head. It smells of espresso, molasses and strong molten chocolate. The mouth feel is thick, sweet, bitter all rolled into one whilst remaining very drinkable, there are all the flavours as per the aroma list above, but suspended in a rich liquorice caramel which is long lasting. Fans of big imperial stouts will love this, it’s a truly impressive beer. If I had to pick a winner out of the two, Kernow and Erosion, I reckon the latter just edges it on drinkability, saying that both are powerhouses in terms of alcoholic strength and manage to hide it very well. For fellow foodies I’d like to try this instead of a good port and pair it with a nice strong stilton, or maybe in place of a desert wine with a good pud. How well are Coastal known in your area? If you’ve not tried them, a brewery to look out for most definitely, maybe hunt one down for International Stout Day.. 🙂
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