Pours a very dark brown. The head is thick and foamy, and gradually fades away. The beer is opaque in the glass so carbonation is not visible.
First Sip: dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee flavours. There is a mild, lingering bitterness. Mouth-feel is medium, with a dry finish.
This is very nice, but not what I expected. Usually I can't get enough of a stout but this is one I need to be in the mood for. I don't think it would be terribly hard to make is a regular brew, especially on cold winter nights, but I still prefer Sheaf Stout. *half a glass later* I really am enjoying this beer now that it has warmed a little. The malts are becoming stronger and I'm growing used to the dry finish.
Shepherd Neame & Co, Faversham Brewery.
Same again sir? Yes, but not right now.