Monday, 17 November 2014

The Twelve Beers of Christmas. Part 2

So its time for round 2! Last time I brought you my findings on the first half of Best of British Beer's Twelve Beers of Christmas. If you missed it, here's a catch up on the first six. To put it bluntly, these six beers are amazing! So now I've had the chance to recover from the first 6 (amongst other events) and had ample time to sample the last six and recover from that (there were some corkers in this batch), I bring you part 2 of The Twelve Beers of Christmas.

On the Seventh day of Christmas my barman gave to me:
Wiper and True In The Groves IPA.

A bright amber with a nose of those oh so luscious tropical fruits but with a more nutty hint. A rich, creamy texture leads to citrus and tropical flavours, smoky notes and a long dry finish. Another success story from Wiper and True.

On the Eighth day of Christmas my barman gave to me:
Lancaster Blonde Ale.

Much paler in colour, this brew has a very floral complexity on the nose with hints of lemon and grapefruit. The palate is awash with delicate fruit but a lot heavier than the nose would have you believe with a rich, biscuity finish.

On the Ninth day of Christmas my barman gave to me:
TicketyBrew Dubbel.

Probably the most intriguing beer under the tree. This is a dark brown with a nose of black cherry, cola and smoke. The flavours are very forthcoming with that black cherry continuing and leading to a smoky, almost meaty flavour. Read more about it here!

On the Tenth day of Christmas my barman gave to me:
Savour Progress Blond Ale.

A golden colour, the nose leaps out with citrus fruit, fresh Coriander and a slight honeyed note. The palate is nicely weighted with an initial spritz and more of those citrus flavours coating the mouth. The finish is smooth, long and ever so slightly bitter.

On the Eleventh day of Christmas my barman gave to me:
Sonnet 43 Steam Beer.

A dark amber with a creamy and persistent head, the nose is dense and complex with nuts and yeasty bread notes. On the palate the flavours are surprisingly delicate with citrus fruit, dry spice and a very refreshing finish.

On the Twelfth day of Christmas my barman gave to me:
The Celt Experience Ogham Willow IPA.

I have to say I really don't like having favourites when it comes to beer, but I really can't help but admire The Celt Experience. This is a bright amber colour with a delightfully complex nose. Tropical fruit, sourdough, citrus fruit, red fruit and an unmistakable chocolatey note. The flavours are beautifully intertwined with tropical and juicy citrus fruit, decadent warming spice and a finish that will blow you away with it's length and prowess.

The Twelve Beers of Christmas is presented beautifully in it's own tree much like an advent calendar. Though instead of overly sweet, chalky chocolate, you get amazing beer. There isn't a single one of these beers that I wouldn't want to come home to after a day of work leading up to Christmas (anyone working in retail will know exactly what I mean). Its available directly from BOBB website for £41.50. Now because these are so popular, the contents may change from what I have so lovingly described here but not to worry, if it does and something awesome gets taken out, you can guarantee that with BOBB stock, it'll be replaced with something just as, or even more, awesome.

So to you the Great Boozy public and you Best of British Beer, I wish you the merriest of Christmas'.

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