Don't worry, I'm not dead, I've just not done one of these in a while. I could make silly excuses like 'being too busy at work' or 'I've got an injured grandmother'... But in reality, I've just been doing other stuff instead. Today though, I'm back 'on it' like the proverbial car bonnet.
Bevog Brewery had come onto my radar after appearing at number three on RateBeers' best new breweries in the world, 2013. So when Raj from the Liquor Shop posted pictures of 4 of their beers to his twitter feed, a trip over to Prestwich was imminent.
It pours thick, inky-dark and ominous; beneath a foamy tan head. On the nose there is an ashy smokiness that doesn't overwhelm, it just lurks, threateningly.
The first sip presents notes of milk chocolate, caramel and soggy smoked wood. It gradually builds in intensity with coffee, burnt toast and liquorice coming through in slow, pulsating waves.
The finish is all about smoked coffee beans; the flavour lingers on the back of your mouth for what seems like an eternity, almost as if it's alive and is trying to infiltrate every cell in your body.
Recently, I'm finding that I'm gravitating towards darker beers, and this is the best I've had so far in 2014. Grab it when you can folks, it's pretty special.