#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers – Day 11
Beer: Imperium Imperial Stout
The Brewer: York Brewery
My wife is going to be very upset. Just as I opened the bottle, I remembered I’d promised she could try this. She loves a stout. And REALLY loves an imperial stout. But, she’s not here, so I get this one to myself. Here goes…
A lovely malty aroma (eight different types are used) greets me when I hold the glass to my mouth. So far, so good. It’s not just my wife who loves this style.
At 7.5%, this isn’t a beer to take lightly, but the first sip screams “moreish”.
On a school night? When I have to write something that makes some sense to someone. And then post it online. Before the footie kicks off?
Just the one…
But two sips in and I know that, while it’s my last of these tonight, it won’t be my final Imperium.
I could try to draw clumsy analogies with the Romans, who inspired the name, but I know you’re not here for that sort of bollocks. You want to know about the beer.
Simply put, it’s good. Very good.
It also has one of the longest-lasting aftertastes I’ve experienced. A nice one at that. All malt.
I can’t pretend to pick out the hops (Northdown and Phoenix), but that’s not a sleight on the beer – they are in there somewhere, but it is that maltiness that really gives Imperium its flavour.
Where in the North?
In the heart of the proud county of Yorkshire, York, is a stunningly beautiful walled city, sitting on two rivers, with a fantastic Minster and pedestrianised shopping streets that are always a pleasure to walk, whether or not you’re in the mood for buying.
Visitors should check out The Shambles, a beautifully preserved Medieval street.
Find out more: https://www.visityork.org/
I like this fact because I’ve done this. You can actually stay with nuns when visiting York, using the accommodation at the Bar Convent. My friends and I did this on a stag do. They do a great breakfast!
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