Found at Tully's for $4.99 USD for 500 ml, this 6% ale is from the makers of Pitchfork Bitter, who are also part of the shadowy but excellent Wessex Craft Brewers, a co-operative that also includes the brewers of Freeminer Deep Shaft Stout. It also won a gold medal from the good people at CAMRA in 2001 according to the label.
This beer pours a rich tan rocky mousse head over cloudy butterscotch ale - after I gave the bottle's dregs a swirl. Real ale in a bottle. Thick ring lacing. It has a rummy casky smell about it, not stale stocky but formidible. In the mouth there is fruity malt with fall apple and fig as well as a rough twiggy hop edge but it is the yeast that reigns - spiced, pepper, rough and burlappy like Belgian dubbel. Loverly. A beer that could stand with the oldest cheddar. Hot on the finish.
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