Completely by accident I have aged this beer for over twelve months, though the real truth is that I’ve only aged it because I have had such bad experiences with the beer from this brewer that I just kept putting off opening it.
Feast is a Winter Ale and it’s full of spicy toffee apples, brown bread, tamarind and the merest hint of Worcester Sauce.
The aroma is apple strudel and the beer sits a deep ruby red in my glass.
The thing is of course, that I’ve no idea how a fresh bottle would have tasted, and it may have tasted exactly as this one does, but for what it’s worth this is the first beer by Bishop Nick that l have actually enjoyed drinking.
Mind you, I’ve had it so long I can’t remember where I got it from.
And so the lesson from this is that ageing beer only works if you try the beer you are going to lay down while it’s fresh and make notes that you can refer to when you open it in the future.
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