This reminds me of nothing less than Victory’s Hop Devil and that, my friends, is a very good thing.
When I could get it regularly, Hop Devil was one of my very favourite beers and this, if I carry on being able to get hold of it, fills that gap beautifully.
Pouring a deep amber, the smell is a nose full of red wood resin, leather and boozy fruit candy.
The malts are a gloopy sticky toffee delight, brandy snaps and wholemeal toast, honey, cashews and a pinch of pepper, and the hops are a palate battering pine resin fuelled romp through mandarin and lemon zest sharpness, eye watering sherbet fizz and keen green herbal leaves at take you to the tongue prickling dry bitter finish.
Source: Duncan Murray Wines