The fuller, more distinguished, older brother of Beavertown’s audacious core porter Smog Rocket (a personal favourite of mine), Imperial Lord Smog Almighty is a smoked porter offers a more refined and well-balanced combination of malts while still inheriting the same Smog family traits.
With deep molasses flavours, Lord Smog Almighty pours a rich shade of brown in colour, leading on to a soft brown, malty head. The smokiness here comes as a much softer hit from the smoke malt. It builds to pleasant levels during the duration of your drink and in contrast to it’s sibling, offers a much more palatable porter if you are in the mood for more than the one.
Lord Smog Almighty is the latest beer to be released form the Beavertown brewery’s Catacomb range, described on their site as beers that represent “the sheer beauty and intricacies of malt.”, and that come with the warning: “Don’t be afraid of the dark, welcome its warming embrace sip by sip.”
One exciting piece of news from the Beavertown camp, is that they have now made the decision to venture down the road barrel ageing. “We have invested in a segregated ‘wild’ space away from our clean/sanitized brew house and fermentation. Here we now have the confidence to start our long awaited wood-ageing program with initial space for 450 barrels and a handful of Foeders. It will take time but out of the process will come a whole range of beers. Welcome to the Beavertown ‘Tempus Barrel Programme’.”
Considering the innovativeness, boldness and all round confidence with which these Englishmen approach their craft, I cant help but become more than a little excited at the thoughts of long lost uncle from the family Smog, may come crashing out of some of these barrels in the future.
Having previously devoted every ounce of his spare time to music, Tony is more commonly found these days in a kitchen than on a stage. With experience in writing on festivals and shows around the country he has recently turned his pen to more culinary exposés. With a particular penchant for craft beer he can often be spotted travelling from one bar to another in search of the latest brew to hit the market.