I don’t know if I’ve just been frightfully lucky of late, or if I’m in a more positive frame of mind, but I’ve been blessed with rather a good run of beers. I have no doubt that I’ll soon sample some Brew XI-esque disaster of a beer, but for now I’m riding high.
Mud City Stout is the third of my Sadler’s ales and I have certainly left the best til last. While Thin Ice and Sorcerer had their merits, this deep, dark and powerful beer was a veritable party in my mouth to which only the best and most distinguished guests were invited.
It starts with a rich, dark chocolate bitterness on the tip of the tongue, before a sweeter mocha coffee middle, with hints of dark fruits, ending on a subtle dry, grainy hoppiness. The thick texture gives you time to really taste every bit. and I rarely find a beer where I can so easily distinguish flavours.
To count against it – it’s possibly too rich for some, and at 6.6% a rare treat rather than a regular tipple. Indeed it does have a slightly boozy quality which I’m not 100% enamoured with. Perilously close to a five star. Still, a very fine beer.