Great Western Brewery – Edwin’s Porter Ale 5.2%
Following the Ilfracombe Beer Festival and the beers we tried, which were a very limited selection of those on offer, Peter (Mine Host for the festival) and I commented that more flavoured beers could be found in the darker beers and porters, rather than the more common lighter ales at the Fest. I came across this porter in JDW’s and had to give it a try, as it is now the time of Winter and Festive Ales.
Edwins Ruby Porter from one of the Westcountry’s Microbreweries – The Great Western Brewing Company run by the Stone Family since 2007, proved to be an excellent offering. A dark ruby coloured ale, with a toffee and hop aroma it promised a good ale, making a pleasant change from what is becoming the widespread use of American hops giving citrus/elderflower flavours to varying degrees. The smooth sweet toffee taste is balanced with a short-lived bitterness making this an excellent ale. This is a really good winter ale but could be drunk anytime.
I decided that I needed to give this beer a further try and as we were travelling the M32 from Bristol, took the opportunity to call in at the Brewery shop in Hambrook and bought 3 bottles to try over the festive period. I look forward to trying more of the Stone family’s offerings and perhaps calling in at the Brewery Tap – The Rising Sun Pub in nearby Frampton Cottrell.