So here we are.
Season 1 of the Beer O’Clock Show has finished and here I (Steve) am with an amazing range of craft beers and fine ales to drink and no one to share it with. If only there was a social medium that would allow me to share these fine brews with the world…
In this first blog I’m going to be looking at a couple of beers that I sampled as part of a pre-Christmas Christmas dinner.
First up is Fullers Brewers Reserve #4 (8.5% ABV) As always this brew was released at the Great British Beer Festival in August. Now, those of have who have been us for a while will remember that I did a live review of this beer back in Episode 4 and initially I wasn’t as blown away as I was with the Brewers Reserve #3 from 2011. However having acquired a bottle to enjoy a home, I thought it was only fair to give it a go.
What the bottle says… “For over 365 days the 4th edition of brewers reserve has been ageing in old Comte de Lauvia Armagnac casks. This is one of the finest oak cask VSOP Armagnacs from Eaux in the heart of Bas-Armagnac in France. The flavours of this Armagnac have been absorbed into the casks and infused into this ale, resulting in a balance of fruity tartness, sweet vanilla and a hint of chocolate.”
So what’s it really like? A lively pour, with heavy carbonation and at least a two-finger head. The aromas are of strong spirits but with a definite hit of chocolate.
It’s a beautifully balanced taste with warming, sweet malts and again the chocolate coming though on every sip.
In summary, an amazing limited edition beer (when it’s gone, it’s gone) and well worth searching out and trying.
Following a hearty meal, I chose to wash it down with the ‘Double Espresso Premio Caffe Birra” from Traditional Scottish Ales Brewing Company (ABV 6%). Now this is another winner of the World Beer Awards 2012 for the World’s Best Flavoured Beer and for World’s Best Chocolate & Coffee Flavoured Beer, making this a hat-trick of World Beer Award winners for the Beer O’Clock Show. I was lucky enough to pick this up during the recent Sainsbury’s Great British Beer Hunt.
The bottle doesn’t say much about the beer, so I got this from the World Beer Awards site… “Sumptuous aroma, big espresso coffee hit on the nose, not too aggressive. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Rich and fulsome, creamy mocha, woody with metallic notes at the end.”
The aroma straight out of the bottle was pure coffee. It pours black with a cream coloured head and is a very smooth and easy beer to drink. the only thing that I could compare this too was like drinking a cold, alcoholic cup of beautifully crafted coffee. Again, well worth searching out and giving it a try.
Feeling quite pleased with myself after selecting and matching these two with the meal. The Brewers Reserve worked perfectly with the food, while the Double Espresso made for a nice change from actual coffee after a meal.
It’s our end of Season 1 special, with our special Christmas episode.
This week we review the St Peter’s Christmas Ale, and reflect on what Season 1 has brought us.
That and our usual beery chatter – Merry Christmas!
This week we try something that’s we’ve both been circling for a while: Badger Ale’s Poacher’s Choice.
Also, Steve’s Beervent Calendar gets another flap opened, and other beery chatter!
This week we have a taste of something from across the pond, with the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
This and our usual beery discussion, plus the next instalment in Steve’s Beervent Calander!
This week we have something of a departure: not only do we taste and review a lager, but a FRUIT lager. This is the Strawberry-flavoured bottle of Melville’s Craft Lager from Innis & Gunn.
That, and our usual beer-related banter and reviews!