My #12BeersOfXmas – Day 12 – King of Clubs – Black Jack Beers (Manchester) – Strong Stout – 7.4% abv

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The second beer from this most excellent Manchester brewery comes in one shade. Black. As Tarmacadam. Black as a Johnny Cash shirt. Wearing a mocha coloured collar and boasting an aroma coated in bitter chocolate and soaked in Port wine. Oh dear, this is going to get messy!!!

Oh WOW! Unexpectedly, the first big flavour that assaults the tongue is a really strong whack of Espresso, nice and bitter. Full-bodied and Unctuous smooth, the second mouthful brings da booze! A deep port wine, warming and making me slide down my seat…. Oooohhhh!

Then the return of the chocolate, bitter and smooth leading you on to a dry hoppy finish.

A Big beer too finish a big year!

Wishing you all a very happy 2015!

Slainte!