Madrigal Craft Brewery – Severed Hand North Devon Porter 4%
This is a dark brown ale with a coffee aroma. It is a dry porter ale, with a black coffee taste and a hint of smokiness and blackcurrent. This ale lacks the warming winter fruit taste of stronger porters, which makes it more drinkable as a session beer for the darker ale drinker.
This is produced as a live ale, so needs to be cooled and poured carefully to avoid the sediment.
Madrigal Craft Brewery is a new brewer based in the old coach house of Lynmouth Manor, Lynmouth North Devon. The brewery is a small batch artisan brewer producing a range of ales. Their beers are not fined, relying on natural deposition of the yeast fines.
Williams Brothers Brewery & Brooklyn Brewery – Aweebit 4.8%
A Dark Peaty Scotch Ale
This ale is a dark Ruby colour with burnt oak and pest aromas. It has a sweet taste running rapidly into a dry peat and smoke aged oak taste. It leads one to think of being in an old Tudor house, with the smell of the smoked wood beams and dark oak furniture.
This ale is a collaboration between the Williams Brothers Brewery in Scotland and the New York based Brooklyn Brewery. Made with pested malt, Scottish honey, Treacle and Brooklyn yeast.
Saltaire Brewery – Hazelnut and Coffee Porter 4.6%
This is a dark chestnut coloured ale with a sweet toasted malt and coffee aroma and a hint of plum fruits. The taste is coffee with a hint of hazelnut, starting with sweetness leading to a light bitterness of coffee.
This is a good porter, being on the mild bitter side rather than a sweeter porter ale, from this Yorkshire brewery. This porter does include chocolate in the recipe and is the second porter tried that includes chocolate.
This is the Christmas seasonal offering from the brewery based within The Brew House in Bath. It is a dark red ale with a spicy aroma. The taste is a slightly sharp start, with a full Christmas spicy and fruity follow-on. A porter style and a good Christmas, seasonal ale.
This is a very dark stout coloured ale with a strong roasted malt aroma, going on to dried fruit notes. The taste is a typical porter ale with bitterness from the roasted dark malts and hops, with hints of liquorice
The brewery states this is a Victorian style porter, originally brewed in 1826 to celebrate the opening of Thomas Telford’s suspension bridge in Conwy; brewed as a winter seasonal ale.
Conwy Brewery is based in Llysfaen, close to Colwyn Bay in North Wales and has been brewing since 2003. As well as traditional British ales with a Welsh character, they also produce a small range of craft ales based on those found in California.