The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #3
- My Rating: [B+], I gave it a (3.1 of 5) on Ratebeer.com
Chateau Civrac Old Ale – Penpont Brewery, 7.5% ABV – 330ml, (Cornwall, UK)
on the front-left label:
“A deep malty brew, with fantastic depth of flavour and a slight tart note from the wild yeasts present during the aging process. Aged for several months in oak wine casks. This beer is smooth but complex.”
Style: (Bordeaux Barrel-Aged) Old Ale
- Taste: Blackcurrant caramel/toffee malt woody medium bitter hopped
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yep
Visual: Pours clear copper brown without much head, a very thin layer of micro retention, a few countable super slow streams.
Nose: caramel malts, wet wood, hints of alcohol. (lvl-6)-pungency
Attack: incoming alcohol + caramel sweetness
Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, light tart/tangy/fizzy, (MAIN) caramel malts, toffee, blackcurrant
Finish: alcohol detection, subtle lasting bitter hops, woody malt exhale.
Summary: The caramel character reminds me of Innis & Gunn, but with a dark fruit twist and more alcoholic punch. This one went down quite fast.