I save the best empties. Usually they are rare ones or just just the best tasting. I think I am saving this lovely design just for how it looks - the partridge in a pear tree, the slender tall pint bottle...or rather half litre.
The ales of Hook Norton rarely shows up in my area. One summer, almost five years ago now, the LCBO stocked Haymaker ale. I loved it. I think it loved me, too. I have great hopes for this Yuletide sibling. On the pour, I get fresh laundry, plum and HP sauce on the nose. It pours a bright deep chestnut under a pale mocha cream froth and foam. On the mouth there is dry chocolate and cocoa powder with date and dry fig. Grainy, too, like the crust of home made brown bread. Just shy of licorice. A lovely texture - both creamy and finely particled. Just a bit of twiggy hop leaving it a little dry but not anywhere near astringent. A solid but not overbearing 5.5% with, I would now guess, about 250-280 calories. Very high praise from the BAers.