Imperial Stout • 11 % ABV • Buxton, UK / Stockholm, Sweden
Time for another pretty special beer which made huge waves last year, selling out quickly online aswell as being sold in limited quantities.
You had to be lucky to stumble across one of these at your local beer shop or bar.
During a Christmas trip to Leeds in 2016, we visited a craft beer bar called Headrow House and stumbled across one lonely bottle in the fridge. Missing the initial rush at release, I put my money down there and then.
Today, I have the pleasure of tasting Yellow Belly. A collaboration beer with Buxton Brewery & Omnipollo.
Yellow Belly is described as being a stout brewed to celebrate all things new, open minded and progressive. A peanut butter biscuit stout with no biscuits, butter or nuts.
I’m well pleased to be cracking this open for review. Cheers everyone!
Yellow Belly is pure black in colour and produces a small brown head which settles fairly quickly after pouring. The stout is so beautifully rich that it is impossible to judge the clarity.
The aroma packs in copious quantities of peanut butter, smooth & sweet lactose as well as a touch of roasted malt. A warming alcohol can be picked up once the powerful aromas settle. It really is one to behold and really sets the scene for what’s coming in the taste!
From the first sip, you are hit with rich, sumptuous chocolate which leads into the roast of the dark malts. The bitterness of the malts are balanced and smoothed out by the sweetness of the lactose. Finally the flavour of peanuts rolls in and guides you to a lightly spiced and easy bitterness at the end.
I’m certain that I was getting an aniseed flavour at the back of my tongue.
Yellow Belly is full in body yet smooth and creamy in texture. There is enough carbonation and alcohol sensation in the stout to get your tongue tingling. No astringency to speak of and gently warming from the alcohol.
Christ, Yellow Belly is a legend of a beer and it’s easy to see why so many people have rated it so highly. A big beer packed with amazing flavour and aroma which reminds me of a Snickers ice-cream bar. It could easily fit with their ice-cream range.
So good in fact that my wife wouldn’t give me back the glass!
If you have had an opportunity to try a bottle then visit @biertaster and let me know what you thought of the Buxton/ Omnipollo collab: Yellow Belly.