Appearance: Very very dark brown. Dense tan coloured head.
Smell: Roasted grain, caramel, and a little bit of chocolate, with essentially no hop aroma. Some dried fruit and molasses/toffee starts to come through once you get closer to the bottom of the glass. I think the 200g of smoked malt is perfect, it’s very subtle.
Taste: Just delicious. This one is a bit drier than the last, but other than that, there’s not much change here, clearly the same recipe as the earlier version.
Overall: Once again, one of the best Ive made. I’m not sure which iteration I like better, this one or the last. I think that next time, I’ll stick with the ‘two vials, no starter’ approach, and add a bit of lighter crystal into the mix.