Windsor & Eton Guardsman (4.2%)

When I poured this best bitter into my glass my first thought was, “Oh, this looks a little bit flat and lifeless.”
After all it poured with little to no head, but I was very wrong.
It doesn’t look too interesting but it tastes great, and that’s the main thing isn’t it?
The aroma is all leaves, toffee and orange juice,  and the initial taste mirrors that.
Remember at school at Christmas how your teachers would make you stick a bunch of cloves into an orange and call it a festive table display?
You do?
Good, because that’s exactly what you get here.
It’ a warm and nostalgic taste, a taste of your past but with added booze.
There’s also a thick, perfectly baked digestive biscuit ready to dunk into a cup of tea, and then a big grown up dose of vibrant hoppy bitterness.
Really clean and dry and full of big red autumnal fruity woodland walks.
We’re told on the label that this beer is oak conditioned, so perhaps that’s where the woodland comes from.
All I know is that this is a really great pint of beer.

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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