Welcome to the last (possibly frenetic) weekend before Christmas so let us take a look behind door number twenty-two to see what libation will ease us into the final stretch…
It’s Auld Nick from R&B Brewing, “a strong dark ale brewed with specialty malted grains and the traditional hops of Kent, England”.
Auld Nick pours a very dark reddish brown with good clarity and just a little cream coloured head that quickly forms a light skin on top of the beer. Lots of roasted maltiness on the nose with a little bit of a herbal aroma. A big smooth mouthfeel with lots of body and that oh so essential winter warmer quality. Still get an herbal element as I drink but I can’t quite place what it is. Up front you get rich sweet malt while the finish introduces burnt and bitter to the palate. Overall a great example of a dark ale that tastes like a Christmas beer to me; a good balance of rich roasted malt, bittered finish and enough strength to warm you up on a cold evening.
Auld Nick is saddled with seven candy canes out of a possible ten.