Yeastie boys ‘hud-a-wa’ strong Scottish ale


image“From a lineage of cryptic beer names … Hud-a-wa’ is Scots for “hold the wall” and was the nickname of one of our great-great-grandfathers. he was a strong fella who once held up a wall while his workmates escaped fro a collapsing mine. He’d have approved of this strong amber ale: rich and restorative, yet with enough hop to keep you wanting more. As hud-a-wa’ would have said: “Here’s tae us, wha’s like us, damn few, and they’re a’ deid… mairs the pity!”

Picked up this beauty from the Tassie beer festival in Hobart. Deep amber almost copper pour with a decent sized lasting head. Laced pretty well. Slightly creamy aroma with hints of vanilla, nuts, grape and biscuit malt. Nice hoppy presence in here, plenty of quality strains in this brew (Nelson Sauvin, Pacifica, NZ Golding & Cascade). Medium carbonation and good body. Upfront there is a rich, spicy character with some warming alcohol. Also a subtle presence of whiskey and biscuit malt move forward on to fruity flavours in the mid-palate. Maybe blood orange. That’s followed by a slightly roasted finish full of caramel and toasted malts. 7% ABV is there but doesn’t overpower. The flavours are gorgeous but the richness keeps this beer from being sessional. Definitely keen for another though.