Thursday, 19 December 2013
Breakfast Beer Tasting: Thwaites Big Ben
Hot on the heels of local brewery Ramsbottom Craft yesterday, today we see us move just up the road to Lancashire proper. Daniel Thwaites should need no introduction-well I’m not going to give them one-as they’ve been a presence on the brewing scene since before even Big Brother started. They’ve stepped up to the plate in recent times to meet the challenge of the emerging craft beer scene and have produced some excellent specials on their in-house micro-brewery. This beer is part of their Crafty Dan range and aims to carve a place for them in the lucrative take home market.
The body is quite light given its strength and delivers plenty of flavour. There’s plum and raisins (or is it just because it’s Christmas?) but no roast to speak of. This is a traditional, if souped-up, Brown Ale and not a New World interpretation of one. The English hops come to the fore here with caramel and a slight earthiness but the American hops work their magic in the background to give a satisfying, fruit-led, dry finish. A masterclass in how not to let Crystal malt ruin the party.
Tyson says: Complex and satisfying. This is easy drinking for its strength and delivers on its promise.