At the weekend me and Linda celebrated 27 years together, so an extra special beer was called for and one such bottle has been sat patiently at the back of my stash, ready for such an occasion.
This was just one bottle left from a very fortunate haul of three that Linda bought me 4 years ago, a beer that sold out entirely in just 30 minutes, a beer that has for the past 8 years (and still does) tops the list of beers from the UK on Ratebeer…..the beer was Good King Henry Special Reserve from Old Chimneys brewery.
This was a 2017 release but the label states 2015, the beer is aged for 2 years in oak casks - so brewed in 2015 and released in 2017.
4 years have done ZERO harm to the beer, not a hint of ageing or any diminished flavours whatsoever.
It pours like liquid oil (easily one of the thickest pours I’ve encountered) all syrupy and inky black with a thin tan coloured ring of head.
Dark bitter 70% chocolate, liquorice, cocoa, old leather, Whisky barrel and the most perfect mouthfeel….insanely and amazingly delicious.
One of the very best beers I’ve ever had
and I really do mean top 10 territory.