riginal, a rum cask aged ale, and a winter porter.
1) The original. 6.6% ABV (alcohol by volume) aged for 77 days.
It poured a clear light orange-amber, with low carbonation.
Strong nose. Oak and vanilla. A little caramel and hops. Sweetish, pleasant. Easy-drinking.
2) Rum-Cask aged.
A wee heavy.This one poured a dark ruby red/brown with light brown head. Very pretty. A stronger nose and flavor than the original - rum and vanilla! Definitely more of a sipper than the original. 7.4% ABV; matured for 57 days. As it warmed, the vanilla stood out in both nose and flavor. Lovely.
3) Winter beer.A porter brewed with molasses. 7.4% ABV and matured for 39 days. Very dark brown with ruby highlights and a sudsy brown head. Flavor was heavy, and not like a typical porter. The molasses was definitely noticeable along with some dark fruit, vanilla, and oak.
Overall, all 3 were delicious and fun to taste with my family. My dad and I liked #2, the rum cask beer the best. My sister was partial to the original.
Glad I got to try these! Thanks twinny.
#1) The Original - A-
#2) Rum-cask aged - A
#3) Winter beer - B+