Breakfast Beer Tasting: Ramsbottom Craft Lanky Stout

Dark nights. Dark days, in fact. No, I’m not talking about the state of the country but, as usual, beer. Yes, with winter nights drawing in, the taste buds have had been trying a few more than usual from the dark side.  And so to this morning’s little offering. No help from Santa required It’s a 500ml, bottle-conditioned, ‘White Label’ pressing and promises to be a “Lancashire Stout with New Zealand hops.” Sounds fun.
It poured nice and dark with only a little light passing through. That’s always a good sign as too many so-called Stouts are transparent. This had good carbonation and settled to having a small tan head. The aroma was a balance of roast, dark chocolate and some dried fruit. It was medium bodied and had a smooth, almost silky texture. Roast flavours came through but were matched by presumably the NZ hops to give a dry, slight fruity finish. Tasty and easy to drink.

Tyson says: A well-balanced and accomplished Stout with a twist.

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