Monday, 23 May 2011
Kindness is Contagious
I've never seen anything like these beers from Coniston before, and I certainly haven't smelled anything like this from Coniston before! It has a HUGE Barley Wine aroma. Big hints of sherry, massive rum soaked raisins, caramelized dates and burnt toffees. (a little over ripe banana fruitiness creeping in there too)
The first thing I thought when I gave it a whiff was, this smells a little like dialed down Thomas Hardy's Ale!
The flavour is thick and very rich. Very sweet, fruity and warming. At 8.5% though, you'd be well within you rights to expect it to be a little warming. Kind of like drinking liquidated Christmas cake! (that imagery appeal to you? get some of this beer then!) The bottle says it's a sipping beer, but I'm finding it so delicious that I'm rather chugging it back - yes I'd be one of those sorts of people who would like this in a bomber instead of a nip bottle :)
One of my favourite things about the beer though is the bottle statement "Best served by a log fire with snow on the ground at The Black Bull Inn Coniston" - A man can only dream.....
I'm hoping we'll be able to get some of these newbies for the shop, although I'm not sure what's going on with the Infinity IPA? I liked the old school look of the regular bottles, this (for me) just looks a little too similar to labels like a few others are doing nowadays. Oh well... I would really like to try it anyway!
More "bigger breweries" making awesome new beers....