Old Dairy Brewery Dark Side of the Moo Imperial Porter 7% abv
There is no end to the proliferation of the new styles of beers. Imperial stouts, which can be up to 13% abv have been around since the C19 and were traditionally exported to Baltic countries where they became very popular. Stouts started off as strong porters so an Imperial Porter might be something of an oxymoron.
This seems to have not bothered the highly innovative brewers at Old Dairy Brewery who are based next to the old railway station in the town of Tenterden, Kent. Dark Side of the Moo is just one of nine bovine themed beers which I have the pleasure of sampling. Other Old Dairy beers include: Red Top Best Bitter, Blue Top IPA, Gold Top Golden Ale, Cattle Shed American Pale Ale and Silver Top Cream Stout.
The Imperial Porter pours a very dark brown/black which is complimented by a blackcurrant leaf aroma. It is a very deep complex beer with liquorice and chocolate flavours coming through. It’s a very smooth drink and would go well with a rich chocolate dessert. Wines are notoriously difficult to match with desserts but beers are much more forgiving and the chocolate undertones of this beer would complement a rich chocolate mousse or something similar.
The name of this beer reminds me of one of the most famous albums of all time, Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” which was released back in 1973 and has since sold an estimated 50 million copies. Only Michael Jackson’s Thriller and rather surprisingly AC/DC’s Back in Black have sold more copies. If you have yet to appreciate the joys of Pink Floyd then there can be no better starting point than this sublime album. So get yourself a large slice of a very rich chocolate dessert from the fridge, pour some Imperial Porter into a wine glass and sip slowly whilst enjoying the sounds of “Dark Side of the Moon”.