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The 7th Beer of Xmas

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For my 7th beer of Xmas my true love sent to me…

So while yesterday was all about the Strongman, today normal service resumes…

Thornbridge Hall / St Eriks ‘Imperial Raspberry Stout’ (10% ABV / 500ml)

Another blog that I’m doing live and I’m already a good halfway through this bottle as I start.

First thing I’m going to say is “wow”, followed by “wow” and then just one more “WOW”. As soon as the top is off there are sweet fruity aromas flooding out of the bottle and waiting to get into the glass. The pour is fairly thick and black and leaves a lovely thick creamy (and possibly pink tinged) head. The fruit aromas continue in the glass and there’s only the slightest roasted hint in the background.

On the first taste, the is the sharp, tart, berry hit from the raspberries, followed by more sweetness, a little sugar and then an ever so slight bitter roasted hint right at the very end.

day 7THIS IS AMAZING. It’s more sour than stout but then there’s the roasted finish. It’s also a very sneaky 10% as I feel that it’s far too easy to drink at this ABV and I  may be regretting this very soon.

I’m just getting more and more of the fruit as the beer warms and the bitter, roasted finish is so well balanced that it just keeps pulling you in for more.

I’m going to stick my neck out and say this is probably one of the best stouts that I’ve ever tasted. Well for 5 more days at least…

#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!

3 Comments

  1. Day 5 – West Berkshire Yule Fuel

    Until 2 weeks ago West Berkshire brewery was a new one on me, and having looked into them a bit more since, I’m impressed with the range of beers they brew.
    By complete coincidence I was given a gift box of West Berkshire ales, and thought I’d include their festive ale in my 12 beers of Christmas.
    This beer is the best of both worlds – a gutsy winter ale, full of flavour, yet at 5% it’s just about sensible enough to drink all evening. Not much on the nose, but it’s both smooth and complex. A creamy finish follows a well rounded nut brown ale. Perfect!

  2. Day 7: Mordue Imperial Raspberry Porter

    I’m never quite sure when a porter becomes a stout or vice versa but I don’t lose any sleep over it. Didn’t actually realise I had pencilled this in for the day Steve was doing an imperial raspberry stout but having read his review it’s very similar to mine. But this is definitely a porter. It’s just not as stout as a stout (I know what I mean). The beer is light and quaffable in texture, but the flavour is dark roasts with the fruit edge. It’s magic really. If I could pick it out I would say the Hadron collider had been used to pick out the rasp of the raspberries. the beer stays away from the ‘too sweet’ category. This isn’t a session beer at 7.3% but you be easily fooled into thinking it was. Actually that just means that I wish I’d bought a crate load!

  3. Day 7 – New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale 5.2%

    Another one of the New Belgium Brewery Ohio release beers. This is the flagship beer for New Belgium. ( copied from their site) Named in honor of the co-founder’s bike trip through Europe, Fat Tire Amber Ale marks a turning point in the young electrical engineer’s home brewing. Belgian beers use a far broader palette of ingredients (fruits, spices, esoteric yeast strains) than German or English styles. Together with co-founder Kim Jordan, they traveled around sampling their homebrews to the public. Fat Tire won fans with its sense of balance: toasty, biscuit-like malt flavors coasting in equilibrium with hoppy freshness. Fat Tire: Pairs well with people

    It has a nice light hoppy perfume like note. Some Light cereal notes, some light hay and straw malt notes. sweet light yeast notes. Front is slightly sweet, with a small hint of barley. Middle is semi-dry; a hint of barley malt makes the taste more full at this level than the others. Finish is also dry, with more of the barley there barley and brief taste of hops. Aftertaste is short with a brief hint of cereal grains.
    This is just a quality beer that’s chief strength is it’s great balance and drinkability. There is nothing mind-blowing, complex, or strong about it, but that’s not what this beer is about. Even my wife who prefers bitch beer can handle a Fat Tire. Little does she know she’s being slowly converted…muahahaha!

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