Monday, 22 November 2010

Southwold Dark Ale (Marks and Spencer)

More famously known as Tally Ho, this is brewed for M&S by Adnams.

Pours a ruby brown, the aromas unleashed are certainly unique, fruit but more precisely kiwi and grapes spring out as the mind grapples the tastebuds.

The palate leaps into action with rich fruit, dense plummy flavours take control then giveway to a sweet malt, like sweet muscovado sugar mixed with treacle.

More fruit in the finish, a sharper more tangy, again grapey finish, no noticeable hints of hop bittering.

It was suggested to me to try it with vintage cheddar by this man. I have to say it was tremendous, the cheese takes away the tangy edge of the beer and they compliment each other perfectly.

7/10 Inspired with cheese, drink it instead of port this christmas.

1 comment:

  1. Glad you liked the cheese pairing its a great beer best served at room temp and sipped through the evening so you can enjoy the fruity boozy flavours.

    I bought a case of this and I'm going to have 2-3 each year to see how they develop: