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Corvedale Dark and Delicious

First published in BEER June 2007 as part of a piece about Threshers off licence chain’s Local Ale scheme. For more Threshers Local Ales see previous post.

ABV: 4.6 per cent
Origin: Corfton,Shropshire, England

Dark and Delicious

It’s particularly gratifying that alongside several names familiar on supermarket shelves, the Threshers initiative extends to tiny craft brewers like Corvedale, hand bottling in a shed behind the Sun Inn pub in the Shropshire Hills.

Dark and Delicious, originally a Christmas special, is an unusual beer described by its inventor, landlord and brewer Norman Pearce, as a black bitter. Crystal and chocolate malt colour a Maris Otter pale malt grist, with a touch of wheat malt and Northdown hops.

The result is a very dark amber-brown, with a loose off-white head and a roasty, nutty aroma with a slight whiff of sulphur. There’s a complex palate rich in sappy autumn fruit and nuts, a splash of orange and pineapple acidity, hints of cola and caramel sweetness.

Roasty, slightly burnt, notes assert themselves in a tangy finish, with emerging chewy hops offset by a touch of brown sugar. A very tasty beer that’s a genuine original.

For more Threshers Local Ales see next post.
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