(10.2% English make from 180 ml bottle) This little marvel was found at the Utobeer Shop (who also operate a pub called The Rake which I must soon visit!) at one of my favorite London markets: Borough Market. This city undoubtedly has a great beer heritage, and was part of the impetus for me to writing this blog. However, it is painfully devoid of bottle shops and a selection greater than that of an off license or a chain supermarket. But such is life, and the reason why I check out every corner shop and market I enter for their beer selection. This is also why I try to collect what I can, when I can. But back to the important stuff, the beer!
This beer is a strong little diddy, coming in at 10.2% as a barley wine from the Tadcaster brewery of Samuel Smith’s, a bit of a favorite of mine in recent posts. The nose on this was of sweetened toffee/caramel and floral hop notes. The body was a clear copper/golden color with a fast disappearing white head. The taste was full of caramel and sweet malt, but not overly so, with a drying after taste, and a pleasant consistent bubble. For being as strong as it is, this is an enjoyable beer albeit a very difficult one to find! So, go down to Borough Market, grab one of these along with a Cumberland Sausage sandwich for good measure! Happy hunting!