For my 3rd beer of Xmas my true love sent to me…
Before we get onto the big review of the day, here’s a look back at the action on day 2 with another Storify post
Truman’s ‘London Keeper’ 1880 Double Export Stout (8% ABV / 750ml)
Right then. There have been a few reviews of Truman’s first beer from their new brewery circulating the blogging community since its release and most seem to say the same thing. I’m going to jump straight in and agree – it’s a great beer but it’s not ready yet.
After cracking the wax seal (had to comment on that as never done it with a beer before) there is little initial aroma from the bottle. It pours really smoothly, with light carbonation and a small creamy white head. On the first taste it’s light, smooth with a hint of roasted coffee and then there’s a hint of black berries in there – where the hell did that come from?!
This is one of the easiest stouts I’ve ever drunk. It’s in no way heavy going and really doesn’t taste like a stout – in fact as it’s warming it would be quite difficult to mistake this for a DIPA if you were blind tasting.
As I’m closing in on the end of the bottle, I’m getting piney hops on the aroma and new flavours are emerging. This really has been a most enjoyable romp through the history books with Truman’s.
Now to quantify my original statement , “it’s not ready yet”… All of the above flavours are there but are in no way washing over me. I think given a few years (I have a second bottle that I’m ageing) this will be an even more stunning beer than it is now.
#12BeersOfXmas – leave a review of your beer for today below (or a link to your blog) and your Twitter name so we can give you a shout out. Merry Beermas!