So. Over the halfway mark we go. Up to Staveley in Cumbria and Hawkshead Brewery. Kind of doing this wishing that area a speedy recovery from the seemingly constant flooding battering it. Topical also given that most of the North West appears to have suffered in the last day or so. I hope the rain relents soon and the clear up is swift.
I’ve had this beast for 9 months and it has been in my #12BeersOfXmas box since I bought it. There’s been a bit of a strong and dark theme this year.
So. What’s this one like. Well, it’s dark, as you can see. With a thin beige collar and an aroma full of Port wine and no little dark chocolate. Win and Win.
In the mouth? Yes. Lashings of bitter chocolate upfront with quite a smoky tinge. No. More than a tinge. Really smooth and lighter bodied than I expected, rendering this into the dangerously drinkable territory.
That chocolate mellows into more of a boozy mocha as a coffee note increases with each swallow with that smokiness building too.
This is one smooth operator of a beer and wears it’s strength lightly. I adore Brodies Prime on cask. This takes it forward by a leap.