For the next instalment, another pint bottle lovingly and successfully returned via our luggage to Virginia.
The Brakspear Brewery of Oxforshire dates to the 18th century.
500 mL bottle purchased in Cambridge, UK in May 2011, brought back to the US and opened in July.
The minute I popped the bottle, I was transported back to the UK.
In the glass, it’s a handsome copper-amber with a nice glow. Little head retention, but I don’t care — it makes it look like a cask pull!
On the nose, wonderful hints of toast, brown sugar, faint fuggles, and lots of florals.
The taste is a perfectly balanced maltiness with a fine bitter snap to finish. Just a hint of butter in there, but it’s neither distracting nor detracting. It possesses the perfect balance of oily coating and spritzy scrubbing-bubbles.
At 3.4%, it’s the model of a well-balanced, superbly crafted session ale, and proof that high strength is no prerequisite for a great beer. The maltiness leans a bit heavy, but I’ve no serious complaints.
All round, an extremely agreeable Bitter and a pleasant companion for the evening. This would be ideal with Shepherd’s Pie, English Tikka Masala, or ye olde Fish & Chips.