Tasted Saturday April 25 2009. 500ml bottle, 8.5% Alc/Vol.
An English Strong Ale, but closer to a Barley Wine I thought. The label says it is made from “the finest Challenger and Northdown hops, Maris Otter malted barley, and of course, our unique yeast.”
Colour is copper red and clear. Aromas are of malt extract, roasted chestnuts, sultana and yeast. Very rich and sweet on the palate and the alcohol a little too obvious at the moment, this will probably settle with time, with, dried tropical fruits, butterscotch, yeast and roasted, nutty sweet malt. Hops are mild and build toward the end leaving a pleasing bitterness and lingering sweetness at the end. A very good beer and it will improve with some years cellaring.