You go 20 years without having an Ashover Brewery Beer and then you end up having two in two weeks, but how could I resist a 9.5% imperial stout? Especially given that I really enjoyed their Damson Porter. I wont go into any detail about the brewery as you can find it in the link above and there's no need for me to repeat myself, myself, myself. Anyway... My half of Moscow Imperial Stout cost £4.95 which given the alcohol content isn't too bad. Not surprisingly the beer pours a pretty pure black with a decent tan head so to my eyes it's a pretty good looking beer and you can certainly smell the alcohol.
Naturally with alcohol dominating the smell I was a little nervous taking the first sip, but I shouldn't have been, this is a really nice imperial stout. Sure you'll get a good solid alcohol kick, but there's some really nice liquorice and raisin notes that make the beer pretty tasty. All of this is complimented by the kind of nice smooth full body you only get with a well brewed stout. I've had a few imperial stouts in my day and can say that Moscow from Ashover Brewery stands up to any of them. I'm going to give the beer 8 out of 10, it's a very good imperial stout so if you want a beer that will either wake you up or knock you out this one will do nicely.