“Get your hands on the limited-edition Vintage Ale 2015 – a beautiful beer brewed celebrating the 50th anniversary of famous British malt variety Maris Otter and brewed using exclusively British ingredients. The floor-malted Maris Otter is combined with home-grown Target, Northdown, Challenger and Goldings hops to create a best-of-British beer with complex flavours, a fruitful aroma and a bitter finish.“
Glassware: English Pint.
Appearance: Like its younger siblings this ’15 vintage pours a muddy light brown with a short khaki head which fades pretty quickly. Minimal lace as we go.
Aroma: Seriously, this vintage series is the pinnacle of English brewing. The rich concoction of residual sugars, toffee and toasted malt, earthy and slightly fruity hops is simply glorious. One of the aspects we’ve loved the most is the quasi-Belgian yeast profile which throws out this distinct dark fruity sweetness. It’s divine. Hell, the whole series is divine!
Flavour: Amazing. Theres a kinda yeasty fruit profile, rich toffee and caramel, toasty and doughy malts, residual sugars and earthy hops which all converge and dance on the palate like there’s a rave party in the mouth. It continues with this semi sweet, savoury biscuity quality that joins the rest of the party and finishes with it all hanging to the back palate for dear life!
Mouthfeel: Smooth, velvety, slightly creamy. Medium-full body. Once again the 8.5% ABV is nowhere to be found. Incredible.
Overall: We’ve now found it. This one is the pick of the bunch. Could it be that the older they get the better? It sure looks that way. What’s depressing is we can’t find a bottle of ’14 or earlier anywhere *sad face. Absolutely superb.