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Tyson is a beer hound and cheese addict living in the beery metropolis paradise known as Manchester
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Monday, 11 April 2011

Breakfast Beer Tasting: Sambrooks Wandle

Sambrooks are part of the new wave of London brewers and are based in Battersea. Their beers are often to be found on handpump in the capital, but this is my first trial of the bottled version.

The basics: It’s 500ml and is bottle-conditioned. At 4.2%, it’s slightly stronger than the 3.8% cask version. It poured burnt gold with good carbonation and a small off-white head. The aroma was gentle; lightly hopped with malt with some tart fruit.

Taste: Quite smooth with both caramel and malt coming through initially, followed by a dry, slightly sour aftertaste. Some bitterness but not as crisp as the cask version.

Finish: Short and bitter.

Conclusion: Slightly disappointing. Despite beefing up the ABV, the bottled version lacks the bitterness of the cask version and comes across as rather ordinary. One for your great-uncle.

2 comments:

Tandleman said...

I've never found the cask version much cop either I'm sorry to say.

Tyson said...

It's not the greatest, I have to admit, and the bottled version is even more ordinary.