Aged: No age statement
Product of: United Kingdom
Released April 2013 as the last of the Connoisseurs 2012 Vintage. Sharp’s head brewer, Stuart Howe, is apparently not a big fan of stout so set out to brew one which he and other drinkers would enjoy. The result being this bottle-conditioned stout ‘dry hopped’ with Fazenda Das Almas coffee beans.
Stuart used a yeast strain from the Trappist brewery at the Rochefort abbey in Belgium to give the stout a fruity note in addition to Centennial and Perle hops with Pale Ale malt, Cara malt, Crystal malt and roasted barley.
Sampled on 22/06/2013
(sample Vintage 2012, best before 10-Apr-17) Clear, deep (almost opaque) brown with tan head which disappears without trace.
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