We had a brilliant Tasting Session this month. Everyone was on form, we had an excellent time, some knowledge was imparted and we drank some great beers!
Thanks to everyone who came, I had an absolute blast!
On to the beer!
As we had some newbies in the group, we went through 'how to taste beer like a pro™,' before officially talking beer. We had a menu of three different brews with just the general theme of 'Dark and Brooding.'
Here's what ya missed;
Wild Beer – Millionaire 4.7%
Aroma: Chocolate, caramel, biscuit, almond, red fruit, smoke.
Flavour: chocolate, smoke, biscuit malt, salty, caramel, peanut.
Palate: light body, slick, creamy.
This Beer is still a good-un. It's been around a little while now, so chances are you've had a chance to try this. It a really good, straight up, flavoured milk stout essentially. Kinda thin on the body, but you expect that for the ABV. Super full of flavour considering it comes in at under 5%, so you can drink a few of these with out issue! I think we all enjoyed this, but mostly felt the same, that it needed a bit more of the saltiness to come through. As a group we also prefer the stronger beers, so we figured this was a great winter warming up beer!
To Ol – Mochaccino Messiah 7.0%
Aroma: Caramel, chocolate, coffee, nuts, herbal, green, pine.
Flavour: Coffee, chocolate, herbal, earthy.
Palate: Sweet & bitter, astringent.
This beer completely split the group. We reckoned that, rather than coffee, it would be more accurate to call it a cascara beer (flavour-wise,) as the coffee flavour was super green and 'plant-y.' Personally, this wasn't my favourite, but it was deemed the best of the three by some others! Definitely one to try, maybe between two or three of you!
Buxton – Rain Shadow 12.2% (Single Barrel)
Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, roasty, red fruit, leather, vanilla, wood , whiskey.
Flavour: Chocolate, coffee, red fruit, spice, umami.
Palate: Rich and slick.
We've had various iterations of this in the shop before, and it's always good. Super heavy, dark, little bit of dryness, and it carried the booze well. My only suggestion would be to buy now, and keep a bottle for a year. I think it'll be even better then!
After this we all chipped in and bought a bottle of Port Brewing's Older Viscosity. We have had this before on our tasting sessions, and I am certain we'll have it again. Despite the price tag, it's worth every penny. Strong, yes, but super smooth. Just the right balance of creamy and boozy, bitter and sweet. I still maintain it's one of my favourite beers of all time, and I can highly recommend you splash out for a bottle to share at Christmas.