Slow Beer

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Recent Tasting Notes

Baron's Extra Special Bitter (13/20)
Barons’ tries to have foot in a number of camps but it doesn’t really nail either. Holds itself out to be a micro yet the beers are contract made, or at least started out life this way. It has a go at some very interesting interpretations (Black Wattle etc) yet punches out some rubbish like the Pale Ale. The ESB could have been a shocker but I thought it was a credible interpretation. Great to look at; dirty tan with a decent head. Nose shows nice caramel malts with just the right whack of sugary sweetness. Palate structure is pretty good; soft creamy feel (still plenty of bubbles compared to the ’norm’) with an authentic kick of suble bitterness and equally subtle malts.

Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA (12/20)
Don’t quite know what to make of this. Certaintly has some IPA character with coppery metallic flavours underpinned with fruit but to my taste becomes more of a bitter as the beer travels through the palate. Very broad flavours and palate structure on the finish. Ultimately not remarkable.

Struise Pannepot Reserva Oak Aged (15/20)
Interesting. The abv of 10% is far more noticable that the the other 2 Pannepot beers. Relatively simpled and subdued early before a kick of aniseed, big malts and alcohol.



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