Townshend's Number 9 (500ml Bottle)
A sweet stout. This well balanced dark ale has plenty body and length. I've always enjoyed the likes of Guinness and Murphys stout and have heard that they are both better if imbibed at their point of origin, Ireland.
Pours a deep dark-brown colour, with a tight creamy tan head. Toast and fresh filter coffee are evident in the aroma. The taste is dominated by roasted malts, in a burnt toast fashion. A touch of greenish fruit esters - under ripe plums - and a little malty sweetness add complexity and balance.
The "Irish-style" stout is typically a low-gravity stout with bitterness ranging between 30-45 IBUs. Roastiness is present, but restrained, and there should not be hops in either the flavour or aroma. A little bit of acidity can be present. Often, this type of stout is serving via nitrogen, with all the effects that has on a beer - low carbonation, extra-thick head, lifeless palate and muted flavour and aroma.