The Hardknott brewery was born in the spotlight of the social media, Dave the brewer blogged from the pub that he ran with with his wife before he decided to step over to the brewing side.
His bottled beer range is available from online shops in the UK, I got mine from myBrewerytap.
I seldom do beer reviews on this blog any longer, but this is on my shortlist for beer discovery of the year already, so I had to share.
The Vintesse Noir has an incredibly strong and concentrated aroma and flavor. Tar, coffee, soot and vanilla. Velvet with a sharp edge I suppose will mellow with age. Very dark ruby, tan head. Chocolate finish.
This is solidly in the top league of imperial stouts with Kaggen and Dark Horizon.
It’s not even on the brewery web site, so I suppose it may be hard to find. Utobeer in London, perhaps?
I had some crackers with gorgonzola with this – a match made in heaven.