Caramel and fudge is a combination most famous for being a cake. But as with anything brewing, if it can be made into beer, it will be.
Chocolate imperial stouts are ten-a-penny, it's probably one of the main flavours used to flavour them, but that doesn't mean they're all good. This is an exception of one that is pretty average, disappointingly as we loved it's sibling that was aged in buffalo trace barrels.
It's not bad by any measure, but after the buffalo trace edition was so punchy we had high expectations of this one that just weren't met. They're a victim of their own success, unfortunately.
Despite not being mentioned in the name, chocolate is the main aroma that you get from the can upon popping it. It's also very sweet, with a thick and rich pour that seems quite dense.
Conversely, though, the texture is actually quite light which is odd for such a heavy stout. The boozy alcohol flavour comes through first in the flavour profile but when that fades, it moves into a sweet and rich toffee, caramel flavour that's very pleasant.
The aftertaste is strong, with the return of the boozy burn that you get in the back of the throat with stronger beers. It's pretty sticky sweet too, sticking to the glass and your mouth despite it's lightness.
The can is very reminiscent of a caramel fudge cake, with a blend of dark and lights browns that effectively mimics caramel, fudge and chocolate. It does what it says on the tin, largely.
The word 'pure' is in a prominent place above the brewery logo on the front of the can, and I can't work out whether it's anything to do with the beer or if it's just a coincidence that it ended up there in the can wrap.
I'm not sure what it's doing the anyway, to be honest, and the same can be said of a lot of the images that are on the can in dark brown. They look a little industrial, but their purpose isn't known.
There's a lot of information on the can along with a little story about the brewery and it's founder, which is always nice to get. Especially for writing a blog about it!
You can pick up the bottle version of this dessert in a bottle from Honest Brew for just £4.62 for members.
We got ours from our local bottle shop Beer Central though, so it's always worth checking in your local first if you really have to have this one in your fridge.