Chill hazed, light brown body, small but creamy, thick and reddish head that hangs around nicely. Some nice lacing.
Definite aroma of that “matured in whiskey casks” type smell, but it is fairly muted. By that, I mean a rich, sweet liquor type aroma the lies on top of the nutty malts in the nose.
Caramel and malts dominate the taste, with sweetness and balanced light hop bitterness coming together to give the feeling of a traditional English pint. Like many similar beers it’s best not to drink this straight from the fridge, give it time to release the aroma and tastes for about 45 minutes before enjoying it.
Body lets it down a little bit, slightly too thin for my liking, but holds up OK overall.
Overall, very nice. Definitely in the traditional English Bitter mode and a satisfying pint. For those without too much experience of an English bitter, I would say this is a decent example – not a classic – but a good representative sample.
Delicious session possibilities!