Red Stag is Old Chimney’s Strong Ale and it’s really rather good.
Pouring a deep copper the smell is treacle tart, honey and brandy.
This is a malt heavy beer, a beer full of pastry cases and treacle, honeycomb, rum and raisin chocolate and brioche.
There are hops, but they’re subtle, an aside, a light and gentle swish of hedgerow greenery and a squeeze of lemon juice.
What this beer is in actual fact, and everyone seems to be making a “Session This” and a “Session That”, is a Session Barley Wine.
Big, round and fruity and warm with booze, this is a brown sugar syrup driven beer that you can drink without your eyes crossing, and I for one like it very much.