Have you ever tried a Scots Pine Ale?
This is my first and it definitely won’t be my last.
Brewed with barley malt and sprigs of Scots Pine and Spruce, the beer looks like what it is.
Dark red woody boozy tree juice.
The smell is amazing too, sweet and juicy, but with a spiky spice at the end.
I’d wondered if all this pine action might create a good furniture polish or perhaps taste like sucking on a car air freshener, but I needn’t have worried.
There’s a good hearty biscuit right at the base of this, full of bran, crunchy and filling.
On top of this sits layers of booze drenched fruit followed by aniseed balls and liquorice.
And then right at the top, instead of hops you get a lovely oily resinous gobstopper that doesn’t so much taste of pine as taste of the whole tree.
No, scratch that.
It tsates of the whole forest.
It’s damp and dark and dewy and rich, with the smell of leaves and berries and a good helping of soil too.
This ale may not be to everybody’s taste but I’d happily drink it until I fell over.
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