24 December 2022

Eagle Brewery Christmas Porter (Sainsbury’s) By @SpectreUK

Eagle Brewery Christmas Porter

Christmas does seem to come around quicker each year, especially as you get older. I'm saying this from experience. For many it can be a tough time through loneliness, debt, illness, loss, war or famine or many other problems. I'm going to raise my glass to everyone tonight and hope that it gets better for the troubled folk, and those that are happy and content with their lot, cheers to all of you out there.

And what better way to drink in Christmas Eve with this offering from the Eagle Brewery, in Bedfordshire. At 5.2% in volume, Christmas Porter promises dark fruits, sweet plum, raisin, nutmeg and chocolate malt flavours with a buttery aftertaste, from its combination of Challenger, Fuggles and Goldings hops, chocolate malt, and rolled oats.

The back of the bottle suggests leaving this bottle out for Father Christmas with some mince pies and a carrot or a few for his reindeer. It's a shame for old Santa that I only have the one bottle to blog about. Oh, well, it looks like I'll be on the 'naughty list' again. Maybe it's something to look forward to? I was born in the year of the rabbit, and its Lunar Year starts on the 23rd of January 2023. It's supposed to be a patient and gentle year, but if I know bunnies, we're anything but.

On opening this Christmas Porter there was a deep fruity sweet malt chocolate aroma to the almost black ale. It had a finish of a smooth almost creamy head on pouring. I could quickly see what they meant by a buttery finish, but that butteriness seemed to start almost immediately for me. This butteriness was mixed with the dark fruits, a touch of raisins and stronger plum flavours from the mildly bitter hops, a little warming nutmeg spice, and a depth of succulent chocolate malt towards that buttery finish.

I don't think I've ever had a beer that's buttery before, so that's a last first for this year, I guess. This Christmas Porter would fit rather well as a liquid dessert. It certainly went very well with my traditional jammy doughnut from Greggs for my pudding. Simply gorgeous.

Have a very merry Christmas all of you out there!

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