I opened this beer because I wanted something to go with my supper of ham and cheese, olives and bread.
What I didn’t expect was such loveliness.
Mac Fanny Baw is an absolute delight.
It’s a Bourbon barrel aged Rauchbier brewed with alderwood smoked salt.
Cracking the wax sealed cap, the beer pours a lovely deep amber and smells of apples and bacon and bonfires.
There’s a deliciously sweet toffee and brown bread malt with just a touch of aniseed at its edges, and the hops are resinous and sinewy, all mown lawns, varnished walnut sideboards, hazel and lemon rind.
And lifting all this up is a soft warm smokiness, very woody, round and meaty, and a lovely saltiness that offsets the sweetness of the malts in the most lovely way.
Oh, and the label is beautiful too.
Source: Beers Of Europe