Abbeydale & Smo-Fo – You Scratch My Back – Smoked Scratching Stout
From The Glorious Sheffield based Abbeydale Brewery in collaboration with SMO-FO comes a beer which has really surprised me. Never before have I decapped a beer and it smelled as like it is described on the can. Smokey bacon crisps anyone? A smoked stout aroma dominates with a distinct hint of bacon! The pour is big and dark, an appearance of deep black, leaving half a finger of off white head. The taste is slightly sweet, rich, burnt and bitter, combining a lingering bitterness that works perfectly with the smokey bacon aroma. Mouth feel is thick and full bodied, slight saltiness coming through on the aftertaste. I really like this beer. I mean, I really like this beer! it almost feels like a meal in the aftertaste. An inspired beer by an inspired Sheffield Brewery. Well done!