This beer pours a dark ruby black in colour, with a fine dark foam, and has the very perfumed aroma of liquorice and dried vanilla pods. In the mouth it is slightly bittersweet, with the taste of dark fruits, liquorice, vanilla all coming together in a nicely controlled manner. At the finished it is nicely warming and alcoholic, with a slow fruity fade.
This beer is made from 4 malts, 4 hops and 4 yeasts, then fermented 4 times. This makes it much more like a fortified wine than a beer, and as such it should be drunk and enjoyed that way.
The Sharps Brewery website describes this beer as a great substitute for Port or dessert wine, pairing perfectly with mature cheeses and bitter, dark chocolate desserts. This is indeed the case, but it would be a brave soul to serve this instead of Port; but it would be worth it. I suggest try them both side by side and and maybe the quirkiness of this beer will become its charm.
This bottle is No. 1 of a range in the “Connoisseurs Choice” by Sharps Brewery. I look forward to trying the other2.
|Contains:||Malt, Barley, Hops|
|Closure:||Bottle Top, 330ml|