I’m not the first to blog about this, but it’s worth the extra words: Williams Bros Profanity Stout, currently available in the Sainsbury’sGreat British Beer Hunt, is really very good.
A beautiful looking bottle, it pours a near-opaque black with a ‘fuck yeah, that looks good’ head. The dry hops hit first with a waft of hop sack freshness; not fruity, not floral, it just smells like hops and that’s something often lost in stouts but which makes this stand out. It’s full and smooth like a 7% stout should be, there’s chocolate, and it’s the good stuff not the cheap low cocoa bars, a little booze pokes through and it’s roasty but never astringent (or as Reluctant Scooper calls it ‘no ruined toast notes’).
The recipe was developed on Heriot-Watt’s degree course. The guys behind it can be pretty pleased with it. The best I managed was a bread and butter pudding made with a bag of stale jam doughnuts, and while it was phenomenally delicious, it just wasn’t quite as good as the Profanity Stout.
You can buy three bottles of this for £5 right now. I bought one yesterday and went back and bought more today.