Origin: London E10, England
Brodie’s, the in house brewery at the William IV pub in east London, continues to impress with an imaginative range of beers including plenty of the dark stff. Served from cask stillage at the British Guild of Beer Writers’ pre-GBBF reception at Brew Wharf in Borough, this low gravity dry stout is one of their latest wonders.
It’s an almost black beer with a few red flecks and a nicely thick and bubbly yellowy-beige head. A rich aroma of blackcurrant and liquorice is accompanied by some casky notes, leading to a palate that c0ntrives to be bitingly dry, roasty and tarry and also light and drinakable at the same time, a great balancing act. A slightly thin and watery swallow betrays the low ABV, but there’s some fresh chaff and plenty on the remarkably long finish: bitter chocolate and roast, chewy herbs, leafy blackcurrrant and coffee. A simple but very fitting name, and a noteworthy brewing achievement.
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