This is a slightly tweeked version of Durham’s White Stout and I guess I should have asked them what it is they’ve changed.
Whatever it is they’ve done is very subtle but has made a definite difference.
Gone is the alcohol bite, replaced by a round boozy warmth that sits at the bottom of this beer and gives it a belly filling heat.
The aroma is toffee apples and black pepper and the malting follows suit with enormous caramel sweet gloopy stickiness tempered by the bitter dry pith of the hops.
Elderflower water doused grapefruit flesh, lemon skins and tarragon leaf freshness.
This is a super beer made that little bit better.