#12beersofxmas – Day 9

Today I went up a Dyke.

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Ok, so it’s Day 9 of #12beersofxmas and I feel like it’s a deserved one after rambling across Devils Dyke this afternoon. The views across the South Downs and Brighton were pretty special and was the most picturesque way to burn off some calories from all the meat and cheese I’ve been plying myself with.

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Back home this evening and guess what, I’m eating yet more meat and cheese. I swear that when I’m through with this Christmas food and back to ‘normal’ eating my body will implode from confusion. Nevermind, I have a stonking beer to wash it all down with.

Day 9 sees me crack open 1 of the 6000 commemorative bottles of Bruce’s Original Dogbolter, resurrected earlier this year to coincide with the launch of Brew Britannia by Boak & Bailey.

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It’s a beer that I’m completely new to, being too young to have sampled it back in its heyday at the Firkin pub chain. It pours with an eager fizz, producing a bold, tight white head, carrying aromas of sweet dried fruits. In fact, it’s fruit cake in a glass. A beautiful deep ruby red hue radiates from the glass and it’s time for a sip…

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…FRUIT CAKE! It’s all about the waves of rich dried fruits here, with a smattering of chocolate on top, but there’s a sweetness and those malts are almost chewy. A light toffee smooths over the palate before a dry hop sits in the finish. Is this really 6%? It drinks far too easily, offering me a flavour profile, mouthfeel and all the aromas I want in a session brew. I’d love to have tried this on cask, but for nowΒ I’m glad to have had this bottle, it’s been a bloody delight.

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Urgh…meat and cheese sweats…

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