Are You Tasting the Pith? - 8th August 04
Odd English abbey-style ale that appears to be labelled for the American market. Pours slightly hazy (loose sediment). Soft malty milk-chocolate nose, with some spice. Rich, slightly sweet and a little unctuous on the tongue, with quite a lot of spice (coriander) showing through. Long balanced finish. Really quite acceptable.
The word "original" is often bandied about in a slapdash manner, but this beer can truly claim it to be so. Brewed using a yeast recovered from a mid-1800's shipwreck, this can at least claim to be original by provenance. As this page is more about the taste of the beer rather than its history, there's a nice article about it here. Its jolly interesting. But, what of the beer?
The huge aroma of coffee and cocoa leaping out of the glass would make any beer-lover's nose twitch, preparing for a massive taste sensation. However, the onslaught of bitter chocolate, hops and molasses never materialises, giving instead a surprisingly refined silky palate, hints of milk chocolate and dark dried fruits. The finish is perfectly dry, with a slightly brackish edge, tickling all the tastebuds in a most moreish manner.
"Yunks Kew Gardenals Hoppy was quite a fizzo, What a springling tastymole right across the tungimous up the tonsulars and down the throby. The hoppymost of Kew
added greatly to the price and did in the deep fundimold share a great
flavourite, The frothy was extensite and held well its textile, the colour,
whoah, pure goldilocks and smelt a bit of bears. Must have another, deep joy!"
"The Rinwoody Old Thumpit? Well, pleasureful drinkies. Lots of spottifold and hints of chingles all through. My what a colourody, middle uriniferous with a
sparkly crossways, extradorniddy. The tasty lingled right out to the door and
then hintled at plummets and other fructifose, what more there is not to say,
pip pip classy. No recollecties of imbibicating other ambling nectars,
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