Hey, now there's something I haven't come across in a while. I generally don't feel obliged to contribute to these best/worst threads but that beer would have to be up near the top.Anyways, to get back on topic...
I only just thought about this, but right up there with my previous suggestion of Rochefort 8, I'd almost have to add the Innis & Gunn Original... man what a beer! If I brewed a clone that even held a candle to this I'd be a haoppy dude let me tell you...
What was that Aussie comedy TV show...Skithouse??? The one where the bloke was transformed into a moccasin, flanno wearing superhero with a mullet because of a homebrew mishap/explosion. I recall he told the underage guys who asked him to buy a carton from the bottlo "save the Heineken for the shirt-lifters, you can get two cartons of VB for the price"I agree. Beer snobbery is as annoying as the close minded approach of "beer is pale lager brewed by CUB and eveything else is toff tosser rubbish".
Beer is good because it covers everything from working man's refresher to snob's pretension. It's good because it's gutsy, because it's been brewed by monks, farmers and peasants for thousands of years and yet it beats every other beverage for diversity and complexity.
This dark English "strong ale" boasts a full and flavourful malt bouquet, a chocolate toffee malt flavour, and a moderately bitter and fruity hop finish. It is a fine English Brown Ale available both in the bottle and in the can (usually).
11B. Southern English Brown
Aroma: Malty-sweet, often with a rich, caramel or toffee-like character. Moderately fruity, often with notes of dark fruits such as plums and/or raisins. Very low to no hop aroma. No diacetyl.
Appearance: Light to dark brown, and can be almost black. Nearly opaque, although should be relatively clear if visible. Low to moderate off-white to tan head.
Flavor: Deep, caramel-like malty sweetness on the palate and lasting into the finish. May have a moderate dark fruit complexity. Low hop bitterness. Hop flavor is low to non-existent. Little or no perceivable roasty or bitter black malt flavor. Moderately sweet finish with a smooth, malty aftertaste. Low to no diacetyl.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, but residual sweetness may give a heavier impression. Low to moderately low carbonation.
Overall Impression: A luscious, malt-oriented brown ale, with a caramel, dark fruit complexity of malt flavor. May seem somewhat like a smaller version of a sweet stout or a sweet version of a dark mild.
History: English brown ales are generally split into sub-styles along geographic lines. Southern English (or "London-style") brown ales are darker, sweeter, and lower gravity than their Northern cousins.
Comments: Increasingly rare. Some consider it a bottled version of dark mild.
Ingredients: English pale ale malt as a base with a healthy proportion of darker caramel malts and often some roasted malts. Moderate to high carbonate water would appropriately balance the dark malt acidity. English hop varieties are most authentic, though with low flavor and bitterness almost any type could be used.
Yes I am bored away from home think I may walk down to the bottlo.
Oooo Innis & Gunn! :icon_drool2:I only just thought about this, but right up there with my previous suggestion of Rochefort 8, I'd almost have to add the Innis & Gunn Original... man what a beer! If I brewed a clone that even held a candle to this I'd be a haoppy dude let me tell you...
:lol:Haysie, you probably don't recall doing so whilst pissed but on several occasions you have already PM'd me with a simple message:
I haven't reported this to the mods because I really do feel for you. And as for weirdo, mate I'm from Yorkshire and we have a saying "All the World seems queer save thee and me and sometimes even thee's a little queer" :lol: