An 11.4% Imperial Stout (brewed with English liquorice and dark muscovado), on cask and at less than a tenner a pint? I don't mind if I do -- it could be just what I need to fire up the creative synapses...
Surprisingly, although the mouthfeel is sweet and syrupy, it is actually a little more dry and roasty on the palate. Yes, there's liquorice in there, plus the umami notes typical of many strong stouts, and hints of cocoa and treacle. Yum.
Serious kudos to Siren for cask conditioning this monster. Although my dear
gods, this teeters on the edge of not quite being beer. I'm not sure
what else it might turn into though -- hoppy and malty Port, perhaps? A less herbal form of Gammel Dansk? :-D