Tuesday, 5 February 2013


This "traditionally crafted legendary ruby beer" is brewed by the Wychwood Brewery in Witney, Oxfordshire, England. It clocks in at 5.2% and comes in a 500mL bottle featuring an oddly friendly looking little fellow wielding an axe.

It's a clear, snazzy looking ale that pours the colour of a well-traveled penny and topped with a cream head. The aroma is both metallic and imbued with warm caramel notes. It has a healthy malt profile and a robust dose of caramel and brown sugar.  It isn't terribly bitter, but there is a hint of hops near the close.
It's a reliable, well constructed ale.  Not dazzling, but always welcome in my fridge. It certainly made for a nice compliment to a stormy evening. I'd like a touch more hops to really seal the deal.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10.

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