Big Ideas Series 17 – Imperial Stout – malty and smooth.
Simple Things say “Big beers are what’s required now, in the depths of February. No point messing about with anything else – bring on the high ABV, full flavoured weapons of mass distraction.
“Our first Impy Stout is refined, decadent and perfectly balanced; a counterpoint to the two previous stouts which were gnarly (Foreign Extra) and full of mixed ferm fun (Barrel Aged). We used the yeast that had previously fermented the Dubbel Date and Belgian Christmas so there are fruity esters in the mix, but the stars of the show here are the grains – Roasted Barley, Black Patent and Cafe Light bring the darkness; Cara Gold and Aromatic for layers of sweet complexity and oats galore for velvety smooth mouthfeel.
“Maybe next time we’ll add tonka beans, lactose and salted caramel but for now we’re very happy with the job the classic ingredients are doing. It’s absolutely delicious and dangerously easy drinking.”