Welcome to the Hope's last beer festival of 2012. A celebration of black beer in all its’ many forms. These beers really show how much scope black beer has in terms of variety of flavour. There will be beers here for everyone, from the very sweet to the super dry, heavy brews to the refreshing quaffable ones and just because they are black doesn't mean that some of them contain lots, and lots of hops. Every beer here has been in the cellar for quite a long time, some a very long time and are at peak condition for their styles. We hope you try and enjoy everything, remember third of a pint glasses are available!
Brodie's 'Mild' 3.6%
A traditional dark mild full bodied with lots of flavour. Full of chocolate and roasted malt flavours.
By The Horns 'London Stout' 3.6%
A dry stout infused with real raspberries and brewed with arabica coffee beans.
Buxton 'Kinder Stout' 4.1% Stout
Aromas of burnt roast coffee, malty molasses, prunes and a hint of smoke. It is gently sweet & sour with a moderate bitterness.
Red Squirrel 'West Cost Stout' 4.3%
A dryer stout in the U.S. tradition. Complex dark chocolate and coffee notes.
Hawkshead 'Dry Stone Stout' 4.5%
Traditional dry oatmeal stout.
Moor/Arbor 'Dark Alliance' 4.7%
A collaboration with Moor Brewery and Arbor Ales. A hoppy chocolate porter. Brewed with out any editions of finings. Will be served with some some yeast in, containing many big, thick flavours.
Bartrum 'Cherry Stout' 4.8%
The sensuous hints of chocolate leads to a subtle hint of cherries. Conditioned in our cellar for over a month.
Red Willow 'Heartless' 4.9%
A chocolate stout brewed with 85% Cacoa single origin colombian chocolate which provides a lovely dry bitterness with a long espresso finish.
Bingham 'Ginger Stout' 5%
Stout infused with root ginger to produce to some real zesty and spicy flavours on top of a thick roasted-stout base.
Brodie's 'Jamaican Stout' 5.3%
Big, thick and black Jamaican stout. Heavily hopped and then dry hopped with U.S. varieties because it's Brodies!
Roosters 'Londinium' 5.5%
A London porter style beer brewed with four malts and English hops. Slight hints of coffee in the finish.
Gadds 'Black Pearl' 6.5%
A big oyster stout with all those unique characteristics. Roasted barely, malted oats and locally grown fuggles hops combine to produce this very black stout.
Arbor '2012' 7% (aged for 7 months)
A big, hoppy and super dry black IPA. Been in the Hope cellar for 7 months so it will be interesting to see how this beer has matured.
Buxton 'Imperial Black' 7.5% (aged for 6 months)
Another black IPA that has been aged in the cellar for a long time. The malt base will have matured leaving a long, dry and rich finish.
Arbor 'Goo Goo G'Joob' 11% (aged for 7 months)
An Imperial stout fit for Russia. At 7 months in the cellar it is still young! Expect dark, complex and rich flavours.
Arbor 'Down DeeperER' 12%
A black barely wine?!?! Most probably rich, complex and delicious. Sweet malts but balanced with new world hop goodness.
Magic Rock 'Magic 8 Ball Black IPA' 7% Special Edition!
A black IPA that has been aged in a Chardonnay barrel for 3 months. The barrel has been inoculated with Brett yeast after the first month. Brett yeast (Belgium) eats a lot more sugars than Magic Rock's normal American yeast which will further dry the beers finish as well as adding a slight Belgian aroma/flavour.
Mikkeller 'From To Via' 8%
This is a very special beer and from a very special brewer. Imported from Denmark. This is one of the worlds most talented brewers in terms of innovations and out put. This is a christmas porter brewed with dark Cassonade sugar and christmas spices but balanced against a strong roasted malt background with a hop balance.
Brodie's 'Romanov Empress Stout' 12.1% Special Edition!
This very authentic interpretation of the traditional Russian stout has been barrel aged for a modern edge. This beer has spent 6 months in a Laphroaig whiskey barrel which imparts many of the salty/peaty characteristics of the famous Scotch.