Croglin Vampire Doppelbock (8%)

Cumbrian Legendary Ales appear to have made a beer from cherry brandy & marzipan.
At least that’s the warm spicy aroma that fills the room when you open the cap.
In this little bottle is something more than a bit special.
The beer is a deep ruby red and appears to glow in the glass.
The first mouthful is all black cherries coupled with a deliciously warm rum-tinged alcohol hit.
The beer creates no real head in the glass but contains just the right sparkle in your mouth, tingling as you swallow and leaving a subtle tang of Vimto.
Underneath all this is a good digestive biscuit backbone and just the slightest hint of soft treacle toffee.
The beer stays on the palate and though light, feels creamy and delightfully sticky.

I’ve just realised what this beer is.
It’s that amazing trifle that only your nan could make, that you had on a Sunday evening after spending the day playing in the garden at your grandparents’ house.
She would always put slightly too much booze in it and you’d sneak an extra bowlful, enjoying the custard thickness & the jelly fruit.
But really it was that alcohol heat that made you feel all funny on the journey home listening to the chart rundown on Radio One.

This is a sensational bottle 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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