Featured in BEER August 2009 as a selection from the latest Good Bottled Beer Guide. For more selections see previous post.
Origin: Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
Founded in 2006 by former Scots Guards musician David McLaren, and named for Chesterfield’s landmark twisted spire, this brewery has developed an interesting range of real ales in a bottle. Most of the beers are musically named — the Sergeant Pepper peppered stout is a great example — and no doubt David’s old career also has something to do with the surprising presence, among an already unusual range of ales, of an extremely rare beast: a bottle conditioned Scottish 80/-. Originally brewed for St Andrew’s Day, it’s now become a regular, its label proudly adorned with the McLaren tartan.
This is a slightly reddish mid-brown beer with a little off-white head and a very toasty crystal malt tinged aroma with twig and cherry notes. A very traditional Scottish toasty malt palate has tart, sappy and chewy flavours with hops (Styrian Goldings and Fuggles) around the edges. There’s more fruit and hops over toasty malt on a generous finish that ultimately turns dry with a touch of salt.
For more selections from the 2009 Good Bottled Beer Guide see next post.
Read more about this beer at ratebeer.com: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/spire-80-/94051/