#12beersofxmas – Day 8

I’m a day behind with my my posts, I’m getting tardy, it’s all this endless food and beer making me sluggish! I did drink an exceptional beer yesterday though and whilst I was hosting a dinner for the fam, I thought I’d save the blogging for today. Dinner was a homemade lentil, chickpea and sweet potato pie for anyone interested, and the beer? Well that was Rye Smile by Weird Beard.

Pouring a light mahogany/dark amber with a syrupy thickness and producing a lasting creamy head, it gave off some of the fullest aromas of the beers I’ve drunk so far for this series. Scents of grapefruit and orange, a leathery twang and a brandy-esque edge. The taste was full too, in fact this beer has some real oomph flavour-wise whilst retaining a smooth ease over the palate, in short, in never gets too harsh like some brews in the higher abv or barley wine style bracket. It became a medley of orange peel, grapefruit pith, pepper, chewy caramel, golden syrup sweetness, and a brandy-esque boozy warmth all rolling together to create a bold yet balanced beer at 10.6%.

This was bottled October of last year, with a note on the bottle to say that a Barrel Aged version would be in the pipeline. I’ve since seen that this is called Jack’s Rye Smile and I’ll definitely be tracking down a bottle for inclusion in next year’s 12 Beers of Xmas.

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