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The Swan Song of Hawkers Barrel Aged Series for 2018. And what a performance to finish on.⠀ ⠀ From the outset, I’d say a foodie might appreciate this even more than I did. I didn’t even know what Cardamom was. I asked my Wife. Of course, she knew.⠀ ⠀ The coffee was what I identified first. It’s a flavour that works surprisingly well in beer. Southern Bay Brew Co’s Coffee IPA, for example, is one of my favorite beers. But it seems to feel more at home alongside the roasted malts in a smooth, dark stout, like this.⠀ ⠀ The impact of the bourbon barrels, while not subtle, did not overwhelm the beer. I’m not a huge fan of bourbon. So I prefer it to complement a beer, not rule it.⠀ ⠀ And the Cardamom. It’s the star of the show. Not knowing what to expect, it’s likely the taste was more of a shock to me, than it may have been to someone more familiar with it. I had to take some time to accustom myself to it.⠀ ⠀ All wrapped up in those delicious, roasted malts, of a silky, imperial stout. This is a beer you take your time to enjoy. Taste and aromatics.⠀ ⠀ Temperature is important with beers like this. If it’s refrigerated, definitely let it warm for a while. As with most good beers, its flavour and aroma is much more prominent after time at room temperature. This particular one was not refrigerated at all. It was perfect.⠀ ⠀ It’s ironic that beer has allowed my palate to mature so much. Through experiencing so many different beers, and seeking out those with different and unique adjuncts, I can identify spices and herbs, better than I was able to from sampling different foods.⠀ ⠀ This beer was expensive, yes. But with meticulously crafted ales like this, it’s not about drinking for the sake of drinking. It’s about the experience. For me, this was worth every cent.⠀ ⠀ Thanks Hawkers. #askforindiebeer⠀ ⠀ A final note. This post has been in my queue for some time, with some rough notes. I recall that when I finished the beer, I thought it unlikely that I would shell out for another. In writing this post, and reflecting on the beer, I may have changed my mind.⠀ ⠀ #hawkersbeer #drinkfresh #stout #cardamom #barrelaged #imperialstout #djrxr6 #craftbeer

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