What a nice Barley Wine this is.
And OK, so it’s called God Jul (Happy Christmas), but it arrived in a mixed case in July so I’m drinking it now.
It’s round and rich and sumptuous, and feels comforting and warm.
The colour is a lovely mahogany and the smell is an old teak wardrobe where all the plums and brandy in the world are hidden.
The malts are rich treacle tart made with shortcrust pastry and doused in damson juice, and the hops are crunchy red autumn leaves, birch bark and bitter, slightly sour dandelion leaves.
All this and a finish that’s whisky warm, sticky with honey and spiky with mixed peppercorns.
Source: Ales 4 You