28 December 2012

March of the Penguins (@TebayServices Westmorland Service Station) [By @SpectreUK]

This stout had the perfect sounding name for a Christmas blog. The marching penguins on the label made me hum some comic tune or other that I’d heard in a past forgotten Disney movie. Williams Brothers Brewing Company in Alloa, Scotland, micro-brewed this 4.9% volume black stout. The label stated that this was a smooth and creamy stout which had been “brewed with chocolate malt and roasted barley, giving a hoppy flavour with a fruity finish”. That description to me sounded like the perfect combination for an accompaniment to another round of mince pies! The stout’s ingredients contained gluten and included; malted barley, wheat, hops, coriander and orange zest. There was an initial smell of sweet milk chocolate mixed with malt and a smidgen of spicy citrus and plant like aroma. There was such a complex array of smells from this black stout as I poured it into my ever ready beer mug that I became very excited to try it. On first taste I noticed the velvety smoothness of this stout. There was an early sweet milk chocolate and malt flavour, which was soon followed by a bitter citrus hoppy taste with an almost plant like finish, which came from the added coriander. There was the usual healthy filling feeling you get from a full bodied hardy warming stout, with a sumptuous malt chocolate and coriander aftertaste. The chocolate malt and bitter spicy citrus undertones of this stout could easily be enjoyed as an after dinner treat or on a cold winter’s night in front of the fire whilst enjoying a good movie (with a huge plate of mince pies). “Ho, ho, ho… Merry Christmas!! Hiccup...”
By Spectre

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